Unfortunately the vet confirmed at the time, as is the case with most glaucoma cases, that his right eye was already blind by the time any symptoms were noticeable. Brody adapted very quickly, but in October 2012 he had to have the eye removed due to it swelling and causing lots of discomfort for him.
It was awful to watch him recovering from the operation, but my lovely boy was very brave and got back to ‘normal’ relatively quickly. He was doing really well, and we had no real problems with his remaining eye until the end of May 2014. His vision went off and we took him straight to the Opthamologist. His eye was becoming more unstable but with treatment (ranging from latanaprost, maxitrol, azopt, amlodipine and atropine we were able to keep the pressure at a good level (usually 8 – 15) for 8 months.
For the last 3 weeks Brody has woken up blind approx. 50% of the time, but after an hour or so, his drops took effect and his sight came back. Our Opthamologist – lovely man – advised that we were out of options at this point, and once the drops stop being effective there wasn’t anything further we could try (surgery had been ruled out in 2012 due to his age).
Unfortunately, Brody woke up yesterday – blind again – only this time his sight did not return. It has still not returned more than 36 hours later, and we are expecting our Opthamologist to confirm our worst fear – that the lens has finally detached and Brody has gone completely blind.
As anyone who has gone, or is going through this, will know, we are devastated for our lovely boy. He is quite nervous at the moment, and is constantly looking for physical contact. We are scared as to how he will cope, as I have read that older dogs can sometimes struggle to adjust as well as younger dogs.
However, even in the last 24 hours he seems to have improved with manoeuvring around the living room – this gives us hope.
After reading this sight, it has given us even more hope that Brody can adjust and go back to being the happy dog he has always been.
If anyone can give any tips or suggestions when it comes to ‘playing’ I would be very grateful to hear them. He isn’t up to it yet, but I’m hoping as time goes on, he will wish to do it again, as this makes him happy.