Eddie’s Story


eddieEddie Murphy is a 6 year old beagle who was named by one of out grandsons. We found Eddie at a shelter in Florida when he was a little puppy. He is a charming little guy, he loves people, other dogs, cats, bugs, everything!!!

I always thought he had such big eyes but never thought it was a problem and no vet ever mentioned it. But recently he began bumping into things so we took him to our vet and she referred us to a specialist. Sadly he was diagnosed with primary inherited glaucoma, buphthalmia, and lens subluxation In both eyes. One eye is blind and the other has limited vision.

We were given meds for reducing the pressure in both eyes. We have a follow up appointment scheduled. The doctor gave us plenty of information and pricing estimates for all the possibilities for both eyes. Removal of the blind eye has been mentioned.

I’m so glad that I found this website, thank you all for sharing information and experiences. I am hoping for many more years with my little buddy regardless of the outcome of any of this. He is a wonderful companion and I love him dearly.

3 thoughts on “Eddie’s Story

  1. my dog had both eyes removed due to lens luxation,,,,if you need encouragement. check out her fb page, it’s AbbyDabbyDo.

  2. We have a beagle who was diagnosed with glaucoma at 6. He had limited vision in both eyes when it was diagnosed. The eye vet prescribed various drops to keep the pressure down, which we administered daily. Eventually the drops stopped working for more than a few hrs at a time, and he went blind in one eye, then about a year later, the other. There was no chance of him regaining sight. We had the eyes removed one at a time, because even if the dog is blind, glaucoma causes pressure, and the dog will be very uncomfortable, and the drops would need to be administered every couple of hrs. The drops are expensive, and giving them every couple of hours is very difficult. Jordie recovered very well from his surgery, and has been blind fir about 2 yrs. He gets around very well. He knows his way around the house, the yard, and when we go for walks he pretty much knows the neighborhood. I never would have thought the outcome would be this good. If you see him, you don’t know he’s blind until you get up close. He needed plenty of support, particularly at first. Lots of encouragement, and he needed to learn to trust us again. A blind dog in the wild doesn’t last long; he had to gain his confidence. But he did. I am glad we made the decision to remove the eye, it made life easier for all. I still wish he hadn’t of gone blind, there are times when he’d like to run but can’t, but overall the outcome has been well. A book called Living with Blind Dogs by Caroline Levin is a very good resource. Good luck to you.

    1. Thank you so much! Your story was very encouraging. We are scheduled to follow up with the specialist in early July. The eye drops are very expensive. He is on three different ones. We are thinking about the possibility of having the surgery to remove the blind eye. Then we can concentrate on preserving the vision he has left in the other eye, since the drops will last twice as long. Hope I’m not wrong in saying this but it seems fruitless to continue treating the eye that will never have sight. My husband and I are both seniors on social security so health care for the two of us plus Eddie is a concern. Some good news is that we have always lived in this house with him. He knows his way around the house, can still find the doggie door to the yard and back in again and knows our morning walk pattern well. I think we will be okay!!

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