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Synechiae are adhesions between the iris and other structures in the eye. They are the result of inflammation in the iris and are particularly common with anterior uveitis (inflammation of the dark tissues of the eye) and trauma to the eye.
Synechiae can occur in both dogs and cats. If you would like to learn how this type of eye problem affects cats, please visit this page in the petMD health library.
Synechiae may be anterior or posterior.
Symptoms seen with synechiae include:
Diagnosis is based on an ophthalmic examination, which involves examining the structures of the eye. In addition, dyes may be used on the cornea to detect corneal injuries. Tonometry may be performed to measure the intraocular pressure (the pressure within the eyeball.)
In many cases, no treatment is necessary. If an underlying cause is diagnosed, it should be treated appropriately. In cases where glaucoma is present, laser surgery to repair the synechiae may be attempted.
A type of light device that transfers a bright beam; this is used for many medical purposes
Anything having to do with the eye or care of the eye
A medical condition in which the uvea becomes inflamed.
The colored layer around the pupil
A disorder that has resulted from intraocular pressure
Fibers that bond items together that would not normally be combined.
In veterinary terms, used to refer to the front of the body.
A property in which one item has the ability to stick or adhere to another.
Found inside the eye