Issues with the eye can be as simple as a scratch on the cornea, or an underlying symptom of another disease. For instance, cataracts can be a sign of old age, but in younger dogs it could signal the onset of diabetes. There is also some speculation that Cushings disease may cause SARDS. Make sure that you not just treat the symptoms, but get to the bottom of what may be causing the issue.
As with other issues, if you have a specialist available to you after your vet's initial diagnosis, its best to get the opinion of a vet that specializes in that issue. Like most general practitioners, they see the more common problems and may not know the special tests or treatments available for eye issues. What could look like one thing to a general practitioner, may mean a totally different diagnosis and treatment to a specialist.
We also recommend teaching hospitals as an excellent resource. Its a common misconception that students treat the animals seen at teaching hospitals and that IS NOT THE CASE. In most cases, you'll be seen by top specialists at a lower cost than by seeing a specialist that has established their own practice. You will also have access to the state of the art facilities and diagnostic equipment found at teaching hospitals. Another benefit is that students will get to learn from your pet and go on to help others with the knowledge they've gained from your experience.
Blind Dogs Support Group
Chronic Immune Mediated Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (CIKS)
Chronic Superficial Keratitis (Pannus)
Dry Eye (Karatoconunctivitis sicca)
Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS)
Progressive Retinal Atropy (PRA)
Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration syndrome (SARDs)
SARDS Support Group
Ulcerative Corneal Disease
Uveitis - Inflammation of the Eye