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Old 10th March 2009, 06:35 PM
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Iris or Uveal Cyst

Yeah. So we've got one. Thankfully it's really light colored and doesn't bother her. Why does something always happen right before Expo? (last year it was The Mange). Of course she had a great day at Vet-Camp with all the lovin' and cookies.

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An iris cyst, or uveal cyst, is a small hollow structure either attached to the iris of the eye or floating free in the anterior chamber. An iris cyst is composed of a single cell layer of epithelium and is filled with fluid.[1] It is most commonly seen as secondary to inflammation in the eye, especially with glaucoma. They are most commonly seen in dogs. Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Boston Terriers are the most commonly affected breeds.[2] Iris cysts also occur in cats and horses. The cysts are usually free floating in dogs, attached to the pupillary margin in cats, and present in the interior of the iris (especially blue irides) in horses.[3]
Iris cysts usually cause no symptoms, but in large numbers they can cause glaucoma by obstructing the drainage angle of the eye. Golden Retrievers may have a higher rate of glaucoma associated with iris cysts.[4]
Iris cysts need to be differentiated from iris melanoma, a tumor, by demonstrating their hollowness. A light directed at an iris cyst will cause it to transilluminate. Iris cysts can be collapsed if necessary by a veterinarian with a small needle carefully introduced into the anterior chamber.[5] The cysts may also be destroyed by use of a semiconductor diode laser.[6]
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Old 10th March 2009, 07:05 PM
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Eek. Is it something you can get fixed?

ETA: Good thing you got a raise.
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Old 10th March 2009, 07:24 PM
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Eek. Is it something you can get fixed?

ETA: Good thing you got a raise.
Since it doesn't affect her vision, I'm leaving it. If it gets dark like the one in the pic I'll take her to a specialist. I had a bit of palpataions when they estimated a sedative for her earlier. I told them to call me if they had to use it, that I would come in and make her hold still (she really is very tolerant of body manipulation but I wasn't sure how she's be for strangers). I'm paranoid about any sedative/anesthesia used on her.

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Does this affect her vision at all? Because Reggie wants to make sure she can see him very well when she comes over.
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Does this affect her vision at all? Because Reggie wants to make sure she can see him very well when she comes over.
The vet said it might be a bit fuzzy in that eye, but since dogs use their nose to "see" more than thier eyes she should be ok unless it changes.
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