Pigmentary uveitis [you-vee-EYE-tuss] is an important cause of impaired vision, discomfort and blindness in golden retrievers that are middle-aged or older. But early detection and treatment can slow the disease.
This syndrome is actually a combination of eye problems that accrue over time. First, cysts develop inside the eye, most of which are detectable only by a veterinarian after dilating the pupil. Next comes inflammation. About half of these dogs develop glaucoma, which is increased pressure inside the eye. Glaucoma is painful and virtually always results in blindness if not treated. This is when prompt detection and therapy can make a big difference.
Keep in mind that an early clue to pigmentary uveitis is red, uncomfortable eyes. Any golden retriever with these signs should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.