Species affected: Cats, Dogs
Background: Most common etiology is trauma such as a scratch, foreign object, or keratitis sicca.
Symptoms: Pain, photophobia, excess tearing and discharge; the eye is often held shut.
Diagnostics: It is important to fully examine the inner lids and the third eyelid for the presence of persistent foreign bodies.
Special Notes: In the canine and feline, chronic ulcerations may suddenly exacerbate, forming "melting" ulcers. Surgery may be necessary to protect the eye while it is healing by use of a conjunctival flap.
Principles for Supplementation: Improving the health of the immune system both systemically and locally.