Making a decision for my blind Maggie Belle

maggie belle - blind dogMaggie 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.

4 thoughts on “Making a decision for my blind Maggie Belle

  1. I know this feeling exactly. It’s the dilemma of knowing whether to keep with the drops or take the eye/s out but you will know when it is the right time.

    One thing I will say however, that many on this site have said that after the operation, their dogs have perked up and seem so much happier. They didn’t realize that their dog was in pain. Dogs are pretty stoic and will show their pain in other ways – sleeping more, licking their paws, not wanting to play etc.

    1. Thank you for your thoughts and insight. Maggie Belle had surgery yesterday and all went well. One issue I hope you can respond to – before the surgery I assumed Maggie Belle was completely bliind and the vet confirmed this. However, she navigated around the house beautifully and managed so well. I thought the transition would be easy. But, Maggie Belle is hesitant to walk or move around at all. Do you think this will change? I know it is early in the healing process but I am disturbed by the dramatic change in her mobility and confidence.

  2. Hi. My dog had her eyes removed one at a time due to glaucoma about a year apart. We did her first eye bc it eventually started bulging and looked so painful.
    It made such a difference that when she lost sight in the other one, there was no question and we removed it immediately. The drops will be less effective over time and they’re SO much work (I was doing every 4 hrs at the end). You will be amazed how much happier she is when the eyes are out and you will realize how much pain she was in.

  3. Thank you for your thoughts and insight. Maggie Belle is scheduled for surgery on October 27. Both eyes will be removed. We saw the vet yesterday and the pressure in one eye was very high. The drops just aren’t working any more. I am resigned but encouraged when I hear the stories you have shared about a better life for Maggie Belle after the surgery. I am grateful to have this forum in which to share fears and successes.

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