disease means any disease process that is occurring behind the eye.
clinical signs of these are:
1. Prominent eye
2. Prolapse of the third eyelid
3. Corneal ulcer
4. Pain on opening the mouth
are many causes of retrobulbar disease such as:
Tumour behind the eye
2. Infection - abscess behind the eye (often related to bad teeth
or a foreign body)
3. Salivary gland cyst behind the eye
4. Haemorrhage behind the eye
5. Inflammation behind the eye
is very difficult to diagnose the cause of the problem just by examining
your dog/cat in the consult room and special tests are required
to help us determine the cause of the prominent eye. On occasion
a combination of tests are required.
Ultrasound examination with either Fine needle aspirate or biopsy
2. Xrays of the skull
3. CT Scan
4. MRI Scanning
tests can be expensive, but without them it is usually very difficult
to diagnose the problem. Once we know the exact diagnosis then a
treatment plan can be formulated.
the eye is prominent there is a risk that the cornea could dry out.
If this occurs a corneal ulcer could develop. To prevent this a
short general anaesthetic is required to close the eyelids together
and keep the cornea lubricated.
on Retrobulbar Disease*