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Diagnosing Glaucoma: Intraocular Eye Pressure Testing

One of the many services we offer at Westbridge veterinary Hospital is a gentle technique to determine pressure within the eye. This is critical when trying to assess the early stages of glaucoma, a condition that can cause pain and blindness, and other eye disorders.

Early detection of any significant increase in eye pressure is essential to a positive outcome when treated. We offer preventive bi-annual testing for selective breeds that are pre-disposed to the disease.

Breeds that are predisposed include:

  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Chow Chow
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel
  • Bassett Hound
  • Great Dane
  • Samoyed
  • Bouvier
  • Beagle
  • Norwegian Elkhound
  • Flat-coated Retrievers

An ophthalmoscope and bloodshot eye of a dog

The image of the eye represents a classic appearance of glaucoma in a dog.

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The Advantages of Digital X-ray

Digital radiography has revolutionized diagnostic capabilities, offering higher contrast images with significantly less x-ray exposure for both patients and staff. This technology reduces the need for retakes due to incorrect settings, as images can be digitally manipulated, further minimizing radiation exposure. Additionally, digital radiography is much more environmentally friendly, eliminating the need for film and harmful chemicals, thereby reducing medical waste and environmental impact.

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