Ciliary Body Ablation


Just found out two weeks ago that our Golden has glaucoma caused by Golden Retriever Pigmentary Uveitis, she is 9 years old. I had never heard of this but the vet was familiar.

She has lost vision in one eye and losing vision in the other. We have done drops 6 x a day for 2 weeks and will return for follow up visit tomorrow to check the pressure.

I am trying to stay positive but she is still not acting like herself.

The Ophthalmologist said that if no better we can opt for Ciliary Body Ablation which will make the eye die off but it is not 100% effective and there are complications the other option is to remove her eye.

Has anyone tried the ablation and if so what is your experience? thank you.

5 thoughts on “Ciliary Body Ablation

  1. I can only tell you what I would do if I were in your position. I would go with the eye removal surgery and not the Ciliary Body Ablation. The reason? Because I have seen a number of people on this site and on the net who have gone through with it and it hasn’t been successful and in the long run, the eye eventually has to be removed anyway.

    However, this is a very personal decision so do your research.

    1. Thank you so much for your quick response and for having this website it has been very helpful. That is the way we are leaning as we don’t want her to be in pain anymore and the ablation takes time to relieve the pain and is not always effective. We go this morning and are hoping for the best.

        1. We had a different vet today and he added another drop her IOP was 32 and he said she was in pain. I asked why prolong this and not take the eye so she is not in pain and he put me off saying we will have that talk in 3 weeks if the drops do not help. My understanding is that the pressure will fluctuate with the drops so she may be in and out of pain so are the drops really helping. He also mentioned the CBA and I told him I read not good results and he disagreed. I am leaning towards another vet opinion not sure if I am being strung along as this is costing me over $300 every other week, its not about the money but her comfort and ultimately if her eye will have to be removed why put her through this?

          1. Like I said, I personally wouldn’t do it but that’s just me. The ones I have personally dealt with on this site and on the Facebook page ended up having to have the eye removed. The reason was because of the shrinking of the eye.

            One other had to have multiple injections because it didn’t work and eventually the eye was removed anyway.

            The eye drops do help to reduce the pressure but only for so long. You only have to miss a session and the pressure can spike. It’s not going to work forever.

            Also, you might want to take a look at using glycerin. It again is not something that you can use longterm but it did help. You can read about it in the post I have linked to below. Just scroll down to about the end of the post under the Natural Remedies.

            http://www.blinddogsupport.com/what-happens-when-your-dog-gets-glaucoma-faqs/

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