Maggie Belle is an 11-year-old miniature dachshund with beautiful piebald markings. She was diagnosed with glaucoma about 2 years ago. With the help and advice of our vet, we have been managing eye pressure with medication – 3 different drops – 3 times a day. Maggie Belle has not shown any behavior that would lead me to believe she is or ever has been in pain.
I knew Maggie Belle had lost the sight in one eye and about 2-3 months ago, I realized that she was completely blind. We saw the vet yesterday for Maggie Belle’s annual checkup. She concurred that Maggie Belle is blind and suggested I start thinking about removing her eyes which would mean no chance of pain from increased eye pressure and no more eye drops. Meanwhile, the eye pressure remains normal due to the medications.
So, that is the dilemma. Continue the drops or choose surgery to remove both eyes. When I look in those sweet eyes, I am so conflicted about the surgery.