General information on Juvenile Cataracts
Juvenile cataracts, also known as congenital cataracts, is a type of cataracts. Cataracts are a condition in which there is a loss of transparency in the lens of the eye. In juvenile cataracts, the condition appears before six years of age and typically both eyes are affected. However, in some cases, both eyes are not affected at the same time. Over eighty different breeds of dogs have been reported to have been affected by juvenile cataracts. In rare cases, the juvenile cataracts have been spontaneously reabsorbed. When this occurs, it typically happens within the first year of the appearance of the cataracts. It is thought that juvenile cataracts are an autosomal recessive trait. Therefore, dogs affected by juvenile cataracts should not be bred.
Symptoms of Juvenile Cataracts
Some of the symptoms of juvenile cataracts may be: cloudy opaque veil over the lens of the eyes, impaired vision, increased walking speed, and poor depth perception.
Treatments for Juvenile Cataracts
The treatment for juvenile cataracts is surgery. In surgery, the condition is corrected by the removal of the lens takes place and an optional new lens can be inserted. Should the juvenile cataracts begin to reabsorb on their own, surgery should not take place.
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