Dry eye issue that sidelined Venus Williams also occurs in dogs

09/15/2011 | WebMD

Keratoconjunctivitis, or "dry eye," occurs in dogs and is similar to Sjogren's syndrome, the immune mediated illness of humans that sidelined Venus Williams at the U.S. Open. Veterinarian Ann Hohenhaus explains that dogs with dry eye usually have crusty eyes and nostrils and red sclera. Treatments include twice daily immunosuppressive eye medication aimed at increasing tear production or surgical placement of punctal plugs, which clog the tear ducts, effectively keeping more tears on the surface of the eye.

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