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Golden Retriever Pigmentary Uveitis with Dr. Lewin

Andrew Christopher Lewin, BVM&S, DACVO, Louisiana State University



In this episode, host Alyssa Watson, DVM, is joined by Andrew Christopher Lewin, BVM&S, DACVO, to talk about his recent Clinician’s Brief article, “Ocular Pain & Vision Loss in a Golden Retriever.” Dr. Lewin brings us all up to speed on golden retriever pigmentary uveitis, a prevalent hereditary ocular condition. He shares the most important examination findings and offers tips on practical eye examination techniques. He also explains what we can do for these dogs and how they do with this disease.

Key Takeaways

  • Golden retriever pigmentary uveitis is a hereditary eye disease mainly seen in the United States and Canadian golden retrievers.
  • It involves intraocular cysts with pigment deposition and dispersion within the eye.
  • Though genetic, this disease doesn’t manifest until adulthood.
  • There is no definitive treatment and therapy focuses on managing secondary inflammation.
  • 25-50% of affected dogs will have poor outcomes including glaucoma and vision loss.

About Our Guest

Andrew Christopher Lewin, BVM&S, DACVO, is a veterinary ophthalmologist and assistant professor at Louisiana State University. Dr. Lewin earned his veterinary degree from Edinburgh University, completed an internship at a private practice in the United Kingdom, and completed an ophthalmology residency at University of Wisconsin–Madison. His professional interests include ocular infectious disease, bioinformatics, and clinical veterinary ophthalmology.


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  • Alyssa Watson, DVM - Host
  • Alexis Ussery - Producer & Digital Content Coordinator
  • Randall Stupka - Podcast Production & Sound Editing
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