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Old July 28th, 2009, 11:31 AM
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Corneal dystrophy as a general rule is hereditary and will affect both eyes. Unfortunately topical medications often do not work and occasionally may make things worse (I would recommend discussion with your vet eye specialist though). Sometimes low fat diets can help reduce the progression of the disease. In severe cases, surgery can be performed however since the opacities can recur - surgery is usually a last resort option. Sometimes there is systemic underlying disease so blood work may be useful to rule out excess triglycerides, cholesterol, phosphorus, calcium levels, etc... FWIW I am not a veterinary ophthalmologist and my cases of corneal dystrophy I always refer to a veterinary ophthalmologist. Furthermore, I am not aware that goldendoodles (goldens alone or poodles alone) are common breeds for corneal dystrophy although any dog can get it. The follow are common breeds for corneal dystrophy as per Dennis E Brooks DVM PhD Dip ACVO: "Several forms of corneal dystrophy occur in specific breeds. These include corneal dystrophy in the Beagle, Siberian Husky, Shetland Sheepdog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Airedale Terrier, and Rough Collie. Posterior polymorphous dystrophy has been described in the American Cocker Spaniel, and endothelial corneal dystrophy has been observed in the Boston Terrier, Chihuahua, and Dachshund."
Christopher A. Lee, D.V.M., C.V.L.S.
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