Cornea = Transparent front part of the eye.
Conjunctiva = A membrane that covers the while part of the eye and lines the inside of the eye lid.
Dry eye can exist on its own and is an inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva due to an inability to produce watery tears, and it cannot be cured.
Dry eye prevents the Cavalier’s eyes from being properly moistened, resulting in chronically dry, burning eyes, scarring and painful ulceration of the cornea which may lead to decreased vision. The disorder requires frequent medication every day to prevent ulceration.
In addition this condition can present itself in conjunction with Curly Coat Syndrome, puppies can be identified at birth by the curly coat abnormality and extreme dryness of the skin. Such puppies will need daily skincare and medicinal bathing. These poor dogs will have a lifetime of extreme discomfort.