Ocular (eye) trauma

Accident or injury to the eye

Ocular (eye) trauma can cause a variety of symptoms in pets including pain. Signs may include:

  • Redness or bloodshot appearance of the eye
  • Pawing or rubbing at the eye
  • Swelling or inflammation around the eye
  • Bulging or protrusion of the eye
  • Excessive tearing or discharge from the eye
  • Squinting, sensitivity to light, or keeping the eye closed
  • Cloudiness or changes in the color of the eye
  • Visible scratches or cuts on the surface of the eye
  • Changes in your pet's behavior

Other health conditions may share similar symptoms with ocular trauma, including eye infections, Corneal Ulcer, or Glaucoma.

If you notice any of these signs or have concerns about your pet's health, it's essential to consult with your veterinarian. Seek immediate veterinary attention if you suspect your pet is painful or has experienced severe ocular trauma. Early detection and intervention can improve the chances of successful management and prevent complications.

When you visit your veterinarian for concerns related to ocular trauma, the following may occur:

  • Medical History: They will take a detailed medical history, including any signs, observed trauma and their duration.
  • Physical examination: The veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination of your pet, checking for any abnormalities in the eye and surrounding structures.
  • Diagnostic testing: Testing may include specialized eye tests to evaluate the structures and function of the eye.
  • Treatment options: Treatment options for ocular trauma can vary depending on the severity and specific injury. It may involve medication to reduce inflammation and manage pain, protective measures such as an Elizabethan collar to prevent further damage, or in some cases, surgery.
  • Advanced diagnostic or treatment options:In some cases, referral to a veterinary ophthalmologist may be advised for more advanced diagnostics and treatment.
  • Follow-up care: Your veterinarian will discuss a follow-up plan, which may involve regular monitoring of your pet's eye, additional tests if necessary, or adjustments to the treatment regimen.

Your veterinary healthcare team will partner with you to decide which treatment option is best for your pet's and your family’s specific condition and situation.

While it may not always be possible to prevent all instances of ocular trauma, there are things you can do at home to help minimize the risk:

  • Create a safe environment: Remove any sharp objects or potential hazards that could harm your pet's eyes.
  • Avoid exposure to harmful substances: Keep cleaning agents, chemicals, and irritants away from your pet's reach.
  • Use caution during play and exercise: Be mindful of objects or activities that could cause injury to your pet's eyes, such as sharp toys, rough play with other pets, or playing in areas with dense vegetation.

Please note that the information provided here is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If you suspect your pet has ocular trauma or any other health concerns, consult your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Nationwide® pet insurance claim example

Veterinary bill

$434

You pay only

$43

Ocular (eye) trauma

You save

$391

Example reflects Accident & Illness plan with optional Congenital & Hereditary rider as well as the optional Cruciate rider added after the first year of coverage, with unlimited annual limit for each category with 90% reimbursement after the $250 annual deductible has been met. This plan may not be available in all areas. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. Veterinary bill amount is based on expenses incurred in the first 30 days after initial diagnosis.

Nationwide® pet insurance claim example

Veterinary bill

$434

You pay only

$43

Ocular (eye) trauma

You save

$391

Example reflects Accident & Illness plan with optional Congenital & Hereditary rider as well as the optional Cruciate rider added after the first year of coverage, with unlimited annual limit for each category with 90% reimbursement after the $250 annual deductible has been met. This plan may not be available in all areas. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. Veterinary bill amount is based on expenses incurred in the first 30 days after initial diagnosis.

Nationwide® pet insurance claim example

Veterinary bill

$434

You pay only

$43

Ocular (eye) trauma

You save

$391

Example reflects Accident & Illness plan with optional Congenital & Hereditary rider as well as the optional Cruciate rider added after the first year of coverage, with unlimited annual limit for each category with 90% reimbursement after the $250 annual deductible has been met. This plan may not be available in all areas. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. Veterinary bill amount is based on expenses incurred in the first 30 days after initial diagnosis.