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Our 7 YO male has developed what I can only describe as a tinted area of his eyes.
It is presenting itself in the bottom quarter of both eyes. Has anyone ever seen anything like that before? We have taken him to a few Veterinarians and none of them have seen anything like it before.
We will end up going to an ophthalmologist but was wondering if anyone else might have some answers?

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Looks like Pannus. My dog has it. If you have to wait for the eye doc, take him to your regular vet. Its common enough that its not a difficult diagnosis and the treatment is fairly straight forward. I'd get started on it right away. Some how I skipped over you took him to the vet. It really looks like the Pannus though, its kinda surprising to me they've never seen it.
 

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Yes, definitely pannus! My first GSD had it. I took her to a veterinary eye specialist and he jump-started the treatment with a steroid injection directly into the conjunctiva of the eye. Within 48 hours, that dirty brown film had retreated to the bottom of the eye,and was no longer affecting her vision. I kept it under control with steroid eye drops for the rest of her life.

The vet will also advise you to avoid direct sunshine. You can buy tinted 'doggles' for your dog to protect the eyes from the sun.
 

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Yes, definitely pannus! My first GSD had it. I took her to a veterinary eye specialist and he jump-started the treatment with a steroid injection directly into the conjunctiva of the eye. Within 48 hours, that dirty brown film had retreated to the bottom of the eye,and was no longer affecting her vision. I kept it under control with steroid eye drops for the rest of her life.

The vet will also advise you to avoid direct sunshine. You can buy tinted 'doggles' for your dog to protect the eyes from the sun.
Thought I read something about pressures created by altitude changes can be an issue as well, but not sure if I got that right?
 

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I had a lab/pointer mix that had pannus. It was easy to control, he needed eye drops once or twice a day and it never seemed to bother him. I got the drops online from a compounding pharmacy. Before that I bought them from my pharmacy but there was some issue and the price jumped up to double what I was paying. I forget why exactly. But the price wasn't bad and a bottle lasted him a few months.
 

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I'd recommend the veterinary ophthalmologist. It's atypical of pannus to manifest inferiorly; usually it shows up at the 3 or 9 o'clock areas beginning at the limbus (where the white sclera meets the brown color of the iris).

It's a gradual process, too. Was this a sudden change in your dog's eyes?
 

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EyeDogtor, that photo show exactly how my dog's pannus manifested - at the bottom of the eye. She was a rescue, and by the time I adopted her, it had crept up far enough that it was partially covering the pupil, and she had trouble seeing things right in front of her, especially in dim light conditions.

Shortly after she began treatment, she was chasing a dark grey tennis ball in the twilight. Can't tell you how happy that made me! :grin2:

One of my favourite stories about her: after the vet gave her the steroid injections, we came in for a recheck a week later. She walked right into the exam room without a second's hesitation, and when the vet knelt down, and made a fuss over her, she licked his face. He turned to me and said, "This is why I love shepherds. They're one of the few breeds that understand we're trying to help them, even when we do nasty things to them, like sticking needles into their eyes!":wub:
 

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My guess would have been pannus too but I’m having a hard time with a few vets not being able to diagnose it as such. It isn’t rare.
 

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My guess would have been pannus too but I’m having a hard time with a few vets not being able to diagnose it as such. It isn’t rare.
It happened to us. My vet diagnosed swelling of the third eyelid and constant eye goop as allergies. We treated as such for a Long time with antihistamines. In the beginning treatment helped. When it stopped helping we tried to continue keeping her face clean from environmental allergens etc. Then I noticed the brown spots appearing in the whites of my girls eyes at 3&9. Went back to the vet. Was given antibiotic/steroid eye drops for a week that helped for what she said was an infection. Once the drops stopped the symptoms came right back in a coupled days. Back to the vet. Her exact words when I asked about an ophthalmologist "Sounds like a good idea because I don't know what it is. Might be something specific that only GSD's get." A week later the ophthalmologist diagnosed plasmoma and early pannus in just a few minutes with an exam. Mind you this vet office is vary familiar with GSD's as the office is contracted to care for our cities many LEO k-9s.
I didn't know anything about plasmoma before diagnosis. But I had seen pictures of pannus and knew it was a big possibility when I saw brown spots appearing in the whites of the eye. One of the vets at the office not so much:frown2:
 
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