GIFT OF SIGHT APPEAL
FIGHTING CORNEAL DYSTROPHY
Dog cells for sight – new tools to understand corneal disease and develop new treatment options
The cornea allows light to be transmitted into the eye. In corneal stromal dystrophy fat deposits inside the tissue and can lead to ulceration and impaired sight. It occurs in many dog breeds and there are no treatment options available. Corneal transplantation is hampered by a shortage of donor material.
We are carrying out research to produce specialized eye cells (corneal stromal cells) in the laboratory. These cells will provide a novel tool to enable future studies of this disease to better understand what causes it and if it could be prevented. The production of corneal cells may also provide a new transplantation therapy for dogs with corneal damage resulting from injury or disease.
FROM STEM CELLS TO CORNEA
Every year in the UK at least 1,500 dogs lose their sight due to canine glaucoma. Most of them, like Taffy, have to have their eye (or eyes) removed.
Glaucoma in dogs can develop very suddenly. In most cases, medical treatment is unsuccessful and the dog will need to have his or her eye removed within just a few days of showing signs of the disease. Most dogs diagnosed with primary glaucoma will develop glaucoma in both eyes within a year of diagnosis. Our aim is to find new ways to prevent dogs being affected with primary glaucoma by understanding more about the disease and the genetics involved.
With generous funding from Dogs Trust, we’ve been able to start a new research project specifically investigating why dogs like Taffy suffer from glaucoma. With your help, we hope to be able to find answers as soon as possible and give more dogs the precious gift of sight.
Find out more about our research and how you can help by submitting a DNA sample from your dog
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Cataracts don't only affect animals as part of old age. Sadly, many animals can lose their sight to cataracts at a young age, like Bertie, Delphine and Rufus, or they might even be born with cataracts. However, if these animals get the right treatment in time, usually something can be done to help restore their sight.
FIGHTING HEREDITARY CATARACT THROUGH GENETICS
RUFUS THE RESCUE DOG GIVEN GIFT OF SIGHT
WELLAMY NEEDED SPECIALIST CATARACT SURGERY
WILL YOU DONATE AND HELP FIGHT BLINDNESS IN ANIMALS?
Sadly, there are many eye diseases that cause blindness in animals, such as glaucoma and cataracts.
These are two conditions commonly seen by our vets in our referral clinic, and are both the subject of research projects at the AHT to try and better understand, and prevent, animals losing their sight to these blinding conditions.
Please help save the sight of many more beloved pets and animals in need by supporting the AHT’s ophthalmology research and educational work.