Ali is a three year old Aussie who is genetically sight impaired in both eyes and deaf. I think, though, that she just recently has lost all sight in her left eye and maybe this eye has recently sunk in a bit.
Ali’s left eyeball is quite small, and misshapen; I have to do a little extra to keep it clean, as I don’t think her eye naturally does what it needs to when dust or particles get in there. She gets infections despite my best efforts and a week ago, the doctor removed a very small wood flake. Had it been a foxtail or something along those lines, it could have been more problematic. It’s probable that this will keep happening; therefore, as a preventative measure I am exploring enucleation.
It feels really great to read peoples’ stories here, thank you. I’m lucky to have the luxury to plan this as opposed to an emergency/pain relief procedure as most here have endured.
Extra details: Ali is a double merle which is significant for two reasons. One, double merles usually have genetic sight and/or hearing impairments. Two, this condition can be avoided through responsible breeding. I’m thankful that it’s becoming more common to let these dogs live.
Ali does not see well in the dark. Going for walks at night is an adventure because shadows move when a car goes by and she thinks she sees something. She’ll come to a screeching halt or bark at something that isn’t there. She’s easily reassured, though. When we walk into the house at night, she stands just inside the door until I turn on some lights. I also leave a hallway light on at night; otherwise, she barks to wake me up when she wants to go get some water. She is a well-adjusted, bossy, loving girl. She’s the supervisor at daycamp and takes great care of her “brother” Tristan.
A little about Tristan, too, just in case there are others out there who have genetically sight impaired dogs. Tristan is a two year old double merle Aussie, deaf, and sight impaired. Not really related to Ali but he loves her and copies everything she does. It seems that his eyeballs are normal size and shape so I’m hoping he’s stays ok from that perspective. His eyes are a beautiful ice blue, with slightly dropped pupils that are not quite aligned. He sees quite well in the dark, but does not like bright sun at all, complete opposite of Ali. His pupils are star shaped and they don’t react properly in bright light. He won’t play at the dog park during certain times of the day when the sun is just too much. Tristan bonded with Ali and me immediately, but he is afraid of the world in general. He is not well adjusted and he is not easily reassured so I’m working with a behaviorist. He is a beautiful loving boy to Ali and me, though.
For Ali, I have a surgery consult at the end of the month to get educated and perhaps schedule the procedure. It’s really causing me anxiety even though I’ve known from early on that this might be in her future.