Can dogs get parasites in eyes? What is thelaziosis? It is a disease caused by a worm. Actually, an infestation by a small white worm called Thelazia callipaeda that lives on the surface of the eyes – usually under the third eyelid – of domestic and wild carnivores such as dogs, cats, foxes, as well as other mammals, like rabbits.
How do you get rid of worms in a dog’s eyes? Treating Eyeworm in Dogs
The most common way to treat eyeworms in dogs is to physically remove the worms. A veterinarian will apply a topical anesthetic to the surface of the eye and/or sedate the dog. The worms can then be gently plucked away using forceps or flushed out using a sterile saline rinse.
How do you know if your dog has worms in their eyes?
- Red and sore eyes (conjunctivitis)
- Swollen eyes.
- Mucus around the eye.
- Excessive watering in the eyes.
- Eye ulcers.
- Visual impairment.
What are the symptoms of eye parasites?
- eye pain.
- redness or inflammation in the eye.
- excessive tear production.
- blurry vision.
- the presence of floaters (small spots or lines) in your field of vision.
- sensitivity to light.
- crusting around the eyelids and eyelashes.
- redness and itching around the eye.