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Nutrition, Pet Care Basics

The Importance of Healthy Eyes

August 11, 2022

The Importance of Healthy Eyes

Last updated: August 02, 2016

Your dog’s wild ancestors hunted for and consumed small (and maybe not-so-small) herbivores whose vegetarian diets were rich in antioxidants. Therefore, nutrients derived from plants were indirectly supplied to the wild dog through the animals preyed upon.           
          
The benefits of these antioxidants and nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties have been scientifically proven to support eye health and slow the development of a variety of eye conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, retinol atrophy and macular degeneration.           
          
Today, the proper nutrients for optimum eye health and function cannot be obtained through diet alone.

Eye Conditions

Your dog’s vision is important for daily activities. Dogs can suffer from a variety of detrimental eye conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and progressive retinal atrophy. All of these conditions can lead to discomfort, vision impairment or even vision loss.

Cataracts are a cloudiness or opacity in the normally transparent lens of the eye. This cloudiness can cause a decrease in vision and may lead to eventual blindness.

Glaucoma is a condition where pressure is placed on the eye, causing inadequate fluid drainage. Eventually, glaucoma can cause permanent damage resulting in blindness. In breeds like Cocker Spaniels, Poodles and Siberians that are predisposed, it is important to use chest harnesses rather than neck collars to control your dog, as this can cause additional intra-ocular pressure and increase the risk of glaucoma-related issues.

Macular degeneration is a condition in which the cells of the retina begin to decline in function. There is no cure for this disease. Vitamin A and vitamin D deficiencies have been identified as some of the predisposing factors in this disease. It can also be genetically inherited by offspring.

Progressive retinol atrophy (PRA) is an inherited disease in which cells in the eye’s retina are programmed to die. PRA occurs in both eyes simultaneously and is not painful, but it will result in blindness.

These eye conditions cannot be cured; however, there is significant clinical research showing that the progression of many eye conditions can be slowed with the supplementation of certain ingredients, including Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Lycopene, antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Doc Roy’s® Healthy Eyes, is a one-of-a-kind formulation that combines the natural antioxidant properties of Bilberry Extract, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Lycopene with the antimicrobial benefits of green tea, grape seed extract, cranberry extract and marshmallow root to not only support optimum canine eye health, but also naturally reduce unsightly tear stains. Additionally, Omega-3 fatty acids, chelated trace minerals, and Vitamins C, E and B-complex are included for your dog’s overall health.

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