What is Ocular Compression?


When it appears that the epi-monster is lurking about, that is, when I show warning signs of an impending seizure, my huMom uses a technique on me called Ocular Compression Therapy. She learned of it while researching canine epilepsy.

Have you ever rubbed your eyes when your stressed? People do this naturally as a way of calming down. By applying gentle pressure on one or both eyes, you stimulate the Vagus Nerve which then triggers a release of Gamma-Amino Butyric acid (GABA) which acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It inhibits nerve transmission in the brain, calming nervous activity & if done in time, can shut down “messages gone out of control”, i.e. seizures, before they hit.

Applying ocular compression on your good dog is quite simple. Begin ocular compression as soon as signs of an impending seizure are present. You may be able to prevent a seizure from occurring.

Here’s how it’s done.

First, you will need to stabilize the head as best you can. Initially my huMom would sit in a chair & cradle my head on her lap. I’ve since become used to receiving ocular compression & have come to enjoy it. Now she can apply it any time, even out in the car.

If your good dog has already gone into a seizure, ocular compression may not be possible right away. It’s always important to avoid getting too close to a seizuring dog’s mouth as it may bite unintentionally.

Apply pressure – Once you’ve gotten the dog’s head stabilized, close the eyelids with your fingers or thumbs & apply firm, but gentle pressure. You should be able to determine the amount of pressure to apply. You should be just a little firmer than what it takes to read a pulse. If your dog resists you may be pressing too hard. Pressure should be applied for 5 to 8 seconds.

Release & repeat – Release pressure for another 5 to 8 seconds. Begin the pressure cycle again, releasing & repeating until you sense the dog’s relief from the seizure. Applied after a seizure, ocular compression can reduce post seizure effects.

Here is a short video that briefly shows how to do ocular compression therapy.

Here you can read a comprehensive article on Ocular Compression.

CEO Olivia

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