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    Yesterday we trained on a hay field that had numerous seed tassles so I had to flush a couple of seeds out of my dogs' eyes when we got home. When I flushed the 3 yr olds eyes with saline it seemed one of his eyes was a bit cloudy but I thought is was only the way the light was reflecting off the eye.

    Today after training on an overcast day I inspected their eyes again and realized that the eye does is in fact have a cloudy area. After I put on 3 pair of readers to magnify the eye, I can see a perfectly round area of cloudiness that is not centered on his pupil and appears to be on the surface of the affected eye. It does not appear to be causing any discomfort and he is reacting to hand movements coming from that side of his face. He has not been doing any scratching to the eye but I did notice a slight clear teary dicharge on his face below the eye.

    He will be going to the vet tomorrow morning but I wondered if anyone here has ever seen something similar.

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    I had a Lab develop a whitish, cloudy area on the surface of his eye. My vet hadn't seen that before and referred me to an ophthalmologist. The specialist saw immediately what it was--amazing what a difference experience makes. It was a distichia, a single eyelash growing inward and irritating the cornea. They removed it and the cloudy area cleared up.

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    Thanks, Amy for the response. I hope it something simple like that . I expect he will be going to the opthomologist as well.

    He has been there for CERF before and his eyes were fine even though he has Horners Syndrome in the other eye due to being attacked and bit on the neck by an old female when he was about a year old.

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    It is most likely a corneal ulcer.
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    Had a coon hound years ago with the same thing that turned out to be Blasto, a fungal disease they pick through their respiratory system. After months of treating he ended up blind in that eye, but alive. Hopefully yours is from something simple such as a scratch.

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    I have a friend who found the exact same thing on her labs eye. I was with her when she went to the opthamologist in Memphis. He said it did not look like anything he had seen before. There was no trauma, etc. Basically sent her home with drops and said watch it. It didn't seem to be effecting the dogs vision either. Very interested to hear what your vet says.
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    My Vet stained his cornea and inspected under UV light and was able to see some apparent bruising and mild abrasions (maybe from the grass seeds?). Gave me an opthalmic triple antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
    As of this morning there is no change in the size or shape of the area. If there is no improvement in a couple of days I will be taking him to the opthomologist. It does not seem to affecting his vision or causing any discomfort, but with the stoic nature of dogs I'm not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George C. Tull
    Had a coon hound years ago with the same thing that turned out to be Blasto, a fungal disease they pick through their respiratory system. After months of treating he ended up blind in that eye, but alive. Hopefully yours is from something simple such as a scratch.
    You are very lucky. From what I undertstand, blasto in the eye is the hardest thing to come out of alive... You'd think that would be one of the safest places to have anything??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristie Wilder
    Quote Originally Posted by George C. Tull
    Had a coon hound years ago with the same thing that turned out to be Blasto, a fungal disease they pick through their respiratory system. After months of treating he ended up blind in that eye, but alive. Hopefully yours is from something simple such as a scratch.
    You are very lucky. From what I undertstand, blasto in the eye is the hardest thing to come out of alive... You'd think that would be one of the safest places to have anything??

    -K
    Yep, the eyes , from what I understand, are one of the hardest things to heal from an injury. Took lots of tlc & doctoring & $$$ . This was a dog that could not, absolutely could not die. Was too young & debatably one of the finest coon hounds to ever crap between a pair of toe nails. Went on to Nite CH him out making him.....'PR' Dual CH NITE CH GR CH Driftin' Sunset Sam.
    Not long after getting him over it my Walker gyp got it in her glands and it finally took her from me at the young age of about 2 yrs. old.
    One nasty disease it is!.

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    Mike it sounded to me like a corneal abrasion from trash in his eye. This can take a few weeks to heal up. Keep the ointment going and it should improve with time. This will also make his eye feel a little better. The dogs eye will heal very slowly from this type of injury. It can be painful too, depending on the severity of the scratches on the surface of the cornea. Paul

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