April 28, 2018 at 3:00 am #4140
I am new to this site and am having a really hard time trying to figure out what the right course of action is for my Boston Terrier.
Her name is Fergie, she is 9 years old and my baby. She has had dry eyes for the last year or two and just recently diagnosed with anterior dislocated lens which is causing secondary glaucoma. The eye specialist recommended a surgery to remove the lens but my husband and I did extensive research of the results from these procedures. This procedure has a 70% success rate and does not guarantee that she will not eventually go blind from retina detachment or other complications with a pretty intensive regimen after the procedure. Boston Terrier success rates may even be less than 70%. We decided not to go forward with the procedure because we did not feel that the procedure was in her best interest for a stress free life.
We are managing her glaucoma with 2 eye drop pressure medications as well as one for the blue cloudiness and another for dry eyes. She has very few days now when she is playful, she sleeps a lot more than she used to. She keeps that one eye closed most of the time… Overall, I just don’t feel like she is as happy as she used to be and most likely in pain. The past couple of times that we have been at the vet’s, her eye pressure wasn’t crazy high (20-30) and she is not completely blind out of that eye.
I guess what I’m trying to say or ask is when do you know that the right decision is to have the eye removed? Her eye pressure as I mentioned isn’t really high, and she’s not completely blind in that eye… I don’t want to give her too much pain medication because I don’t want that to affect her health. I am SO AFRAID OF HER GOING UNDER ANESTHESIA. I literally have panic attacks. She had a cyst removed earlier this year and seeing her come out from the medication was devastating. I am so afraid at her age that she won’t wake up. I just don’t know what to do. I wish she could talk. I wish I knew exactly what was the best thing to do for her. I am seriously at a loss.
Please help me. Anyone that has gone through this. Please tell me your stories and what you think would be the best thing to do based on your experience. Should we continue with the drops or just move forward with the eye removal?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I really appreciate your insight.
April 28, 2018 at 4:34 pm #4144
Have you seen a specialist? It made me much more comfortable (it was still difficult) making the decision consulting with the ophthalmologist. Your little girl could me in pain so hard when you just don’t know but it might be as simple as being confused because she is seeing shadow out of the one eye. I think that might be scary for them so they retreat and become less playful. I have a chihuahua who had luxation on both eyes with severe glaucoma (both eyes have been removed).
April 28, 2018 at 9:29 pm #4145
Moses is a 12 year old Shiba who was diagnosed with glaucoma when he was 6 years old (pressure off the charts). We did the drops and follow up appointments with opthomologist. We waited 2 years to have the surgery. Partly because we were in denial and felt he still has vision. When it became apparent he was in pain and his disposition was so different, not as happy and playful… we decided to have both eyes removed. One the tuffest decisions to make. We had a great opthomologist and Moses was fine. The anesthesia was hard for him post surgery and I believe that was because our pets generally have a hard time with it; not understanding what’s going on.
He has adjusted can I say miraculously! We were amazed at how he adjusted to his life sightless. He had no problems walking around the house – inside and out and even went on his regular trail hikes.
I hope that whatever you decide to do and when know that Fergie will be fine because she is so loved and cared for and that’s all she needs.
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