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Your pet's eye shouldn't have to fall out before you pay attention to it. A healthy eye is bright, shiny, looks moist, and the lids are held open. The following are some common eye problems that can occur in both dogs and cats.

Corneal ulcers: A wound on the surface of the eye that can be caused by injury, abnormal eyelashes irritating the surface, lack of tear production, or infections.

Conjunctivitis: Swelling and/or reddening of the eye(s) that can be caused by infection. You might also see a discharge.

Cataracts: The lens show a cloudiness that extends deep into the eyeball. Cataracts can be caused by genetics, diabetes, or trauma.They can potentially lead to blindness.

Glaucoma: Pressure that can cause reddening or enlargement of the eye. It can have a genetic predisposition.

Other abnormalities that pets may experience include vision loss, dry eye, an increase in tear production, eyelids turning inward or outward, swelling of their third eyelid, and bulging eyes.

General causes of eye problems include genetics, age, trauma, or bacterial/viral infections.

People should observe their pets for abnormal winking or blinking, shying away from light, discharge, haziness of the eye, or drooping eyelids. If owners notice anything unusual about their pet's eyes, seek veterinary help. (Animal Health SmartBrief 1/20/15)

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