GIFT OF SIGHT APPEAL
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 support our Christmas Appeal to buy a retinal camera which will help to advance the AHT’s ophthalmology research and educational work to save the sight of many beloved pets and animals in need.
£40,000 NEEDED TO BUY A RETINAL CAMERA
Every year in the UK at least 1,500 dogs lose their sight due to canine glaucoma. Most of them, like Taffy, pictured left, 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, our Ophthalmology and Canine Genetics teams have started researching 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, free from glaucoma.
A retinal camera will greatly assist our treatment and research of this painful and blinding condition. The specialised low power microscope with a camera, known as the RetCam Shuttle, pictured right, will enable our vets to take high resolution, wide angle, panoramic images of the retina at the back of the eye, as well as clear and accurate imagery of the fluid drainage pathway
of the eye.
Imaging the fluid drainage pathway of the eye will enable us to identify dogs at risk of developing glaucoma and more accurately monitor these dogs going forward.
But it doesn’t stop there. The retinal camera, which has a retail price brand new of £68,000 – however, as a charity, the AHT has been offered an ex-demo camera for £40,000 - will also be invaluable in; helping to train our vets of the future; capturing images to use in presentations and publications and treating and monitoring other cases in our clinics where ultimately we hope to give more animals the precious gift of sight. The camera will be used in both the AHT’s Small Animal Clinic and Equine Clinic, as well in assessing animals off-site.
Every penny really does make a difference. From every £1 you give us we spend 93p fighting disease and injury in animals. We use the remaining 7p to raise the next £1.
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.
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