Sasha is an Akita born in Sept of 2003. In Dec 2011 Sasha came in the house with what at first look like an injury to her right eye. Her 3rd eye lid was protecting it like crazy. It was obvious to us that she was in some kind of pain. We took her to an emergency clinic ran by Purdue University. We ended up seeing a specialist and found that she had an auto-immune disorder that is similar to VKH in humans. It had hit her so fast that it had detached her retina.
Within a few days she developed secondary glaucoma and was permanently blind in that eye. With medication we were able to put the disorder at bay and for a time saved the left eye from being affected. Her own doctor and Purdue were very confused about this situation.
She was a little old to develop the disorder and it only attacked one eye; I guess both of these things made this a very rare situation. Good thing was we didn’t have to treat for glaucoma after a few weeks.
In April of this year (2013) a horrible case of glaucoma set in overnight and Sasha woke up completely blind without any warning to her or us. Needless to say we were a little shocked. Again the pressure was so bad she was in a great deal of pain.
We started treating the glaucoma with 3 different eye drops and after a few days she seemed better but of course still blind. She was doing well until a about a month she relapsed. We got it under control again for about a week and she relapsed again. We saw no other options but to have the eyes removed so we could remove her pain. At her age we were more worried about her quality of life; the eyes were worthless at this point. It was a very tough decision but I’m glad to say after about 3 weeks of surgery she is doing well and we seem to have or dog back; happy and playful self again.