Corneal ulcers are severe wounds on the front facing transparent membrane of the eye.
Physical trauma to the eye, chemical burns, or underlying eye conditions can cause a corneal ulcer. It is important to note that a corneal abrasion is not the same as a corneal ulcer.
The difference is in the severity of the injury, corneal ulcers being the worse of the two.
No. It is still a serious and painful issue that requires immediate medical attention. If left untreated, corneal ulcers can lead to blindness or eye removal.
Your veterinarian will perform an ocular evaluation. Secondly, you vet will evaluate a fluorescein stain of the injured eye. A liquid is administered to the eye. The dye inside of it will pool in the ulcer. A florescent light shined on the eye will reveal the injury.
An E-collar will prevent your dog from touching the injury. Antibiotic eye drops will prevent further infection while the ulcer is healing. Atropine eye drops will help with localized pain management.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed to manage excessive pain.
Lubricating drops to help keep the eye lubricated while healing. There is also a surgical treatment which is reserved for severe situations.