Spencer developed glaucoma in his right eye in October of 2011 when he was 8 years old. The weekend he developed it happened to be the weekend that all the ophthalmic vets were away at a conference. By the time he was seen, he was blind.
We first tried chemical ablation to affected eye to help control pressures. It worked for awhile but eventually he needed surgical intervention. We elected to do a silicone implant – (evisceration with intrascleral prosthesis).
We managed his pressure prophylactically in his sighted eye until last this past May (he is now 10) when his pressures spiked, he went blind and his other eye was removed. Again, we did the evisceration with intrascleral prosthesis.
The first procedure was routine. This time around he developed complications and we struggled with a potential infection or inflammation. As of yesterday, his second “eye” is doing well. His tear production is low but as his eye continues to heal that will hopefully take care of itself.
I know that the prothesis is mainly for the humans but I also feel that dogs do sense people’s reaction to them. I don’t think there is a right or wrong choice. I think you know your dog best. Do be aware that there is additional care and healing time associated with the evisceration with intrascleral prosthesis.
Spencer has been blind for almost 2 months now and is getting along fairly well. Now that he is pain free I think the learning process will go better. After needing care 24/7 for the past month and him being newly blind I find it hard to leave him at home. I had also rescued another dog, Keno in February in addition to the two dogs I had, Spencer and Sam. Three dogs are a handful. One newly blind and one who has issues, is to say the least an adventure daily.