Corneal dystrophy is a group of disorders that are characterized by the inherited opacity or cloudiness of the front part of the eye, also known as the cornea. Corneal dystrophy is most common in dogs and is considered to be a genetic condition and with this condition, white or gray crystalline deposits appear on the cornea. Corneal dystrophy can equally affect both eyes and tend to occur mostly in dogs ranging between the ages of five to eleven. Progression can be slow and may not lead to blindness, however, certain dog breeds may be prone to quicker progress and blindness.
Symptoms include corneal color change, inflammation, frequent squinting, and teary eyes. Treatment is difficult because of the irreversibility and due to the progression of this condition, treatment may be possible, however difficult. Surgeries are available, but they may increase the risk of possible blindness. It is important to speak to your veterinarian about the available options and which would be best.
To learn more about Corneal Dystrophy in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.
Has your pet ever been diagnosed with this condition? If so, we’d love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.