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There is 2 special pages on eye removal, Daisy and Shalli
and Annabelle with implants

Please add your comments about eye removal here

rehana wrote:

i just want to know can your eye change colour with an illness

Heart broken wrote:

We just lost a wonderful mix dog of 15 years in August '04. Now to learn that our remaining mix has to have her eye removed due to a tumor. It appears that tumors of the eye cannot be diagnosed easily without removal of the eye. I am just heartsick to see this dog go through this after still trying to recover from the loss of our last sweet girl. Any thoughts how to best cope?

Tess - Australia wrote:

I have a 12 year old Jack Russell Terrier. He had lens luxation then glaucoma and had his eye removed and replaced with a prosthetic one. The other eye had its lens removed. He adjusted well and has 30+ % sight out of one eye. The operation was 4 years ago. Just recently his "Fake" eye has become clouded and has yellow/green puss. I have been cleaning it and wiping it but I am afriad it may have to be removed and sewn shut. has anyone had a similar experience?

Kimberly (Georgia) wrote:

I am so glad that I ran across this page. Today (Dec 9,2004) my dear 3yr old little pug Bandit had his eye removed. It started out as an ulcer that appeared to be healing and then suddenly ruptured. It happened over the Thanksgiving weekend. The first vet gave him the standard drops/ointment (before the rupture). The eye appeared to be healing and then poof. The vet tried to do 3rd eye lid which didn't hold. Then they tried a patch and sewed it shut and I made an appointment with an opthomologist. On the way to the appointment I could tell he was going to loose the eye, it look so swollen and almost mushy, but the part of me that loves him wanted to hold out hope. So when the announcement came that the eye needed to come out, I fell apart. I felt like I had let him down in some way. By the time that I woke up this morning, it was clear that I could not wait to get the eye out. Not to be gross, but it looked like it was melting out of the socket and I knew he was in pain. My struggle now comes that I did not have time to decide on other alternatives (silicon or implants). I am very afraid of what I will see when I pick him up tomorrow and how he will cope. Though he will probably do a lot better than I am. The tears just won't seem to stop. But I am thankful that I found this page. Reading the stories gives me some peace that I did all I could do and I am not alone. Thanks to everyone

Jerri-Lynn wrote:

Update on my Peke Daisy...What a difference two months makes! I went ahead and had her eye removed--she had ended up with a horrendous infection and zero chance of vision. She seemed to handle it better than I did, right from the beginning. She is now completely blind (she lost vision in her other eye 9 years ago)and has adjusted so well that I frequently forget that she is blind. She has learned the layout of the house and as long as the kids don't leave a barricade of toys on the floor, she can even greet me at the door. We have to carry her outside and back in, but that's really the only hassle. She's nearly 12 years old and I never would have imagined that a dog could handle this so well. she had previously had anesthesia trouble, so I was worried about the surgery, but they were prepared and knew to monitor her closely. Any of you who are struggling with this type of decision, please don't worry. Apparently, dogs are amazingly resilient creatures. Her diabetes is extremely elevated, but consistently so. So, I have a blind dog who gets insulin twice a day and you would never even know it

homie g wrote:

I have a dog that was attacked by a car and he died it was awful his eyes were completely gone

Brandey in Washington wrote:

I have a 7 year old Shi-Tzu. About 5 years ago she was attacked by four large dogs, they shook her so hard that her right eye popped completely out of the socket. She walked around the corner of the house with her eyeball hanging completely out. She didn't make a peep. She was taken to emergency care and they put the eye back in, in hopes of her in the future being able to see out of it. All seemed well, it seemed like she had a little bit of sight out og the right eye. Well last year when I took her in for her shots, the vet said she had a cataract in the eye and now they dont like to leave cataracts in because the dog can get a disease and die. So we took her to an opthamologist, and he told us that she had absolutely no sight out of the right eye and we could give her these eye drops three times per week for the rest of her life or we could have her eye removed. Two weeks ago I took her to the vet for her regular shots, I asked the vet about her eye, because recently her eye had been bulging really badly. He said the pressure had built and the eye should be taken out. This was a very hard decision for me because she is the sweetest dog, but my husband and I agreed in the end it would be better to do it now, than wait until she was too old for the procedure or worse got sick from the cataract. So last Thursday she went in and her right eye was removed. I didnt get to pick her up until Friday. Believe me I had nightmares about this decision. When I dropped her off, I walked out of the vet's office crying my eyes out. I felt sick about it. But she is doing really well so far, it has been 5 days and she is almost back to normal, but really normal for her is sleeping on the couch all day. I won't lie, it was not a pretty sight at first, and will probably never be. When I picked her up it was really swollen and very gross looking. Now the swelling is gone but it is sunken in, which I assume is normal, since there is nothing behind the skin now, just an empty eye socket.

Jen in Ohio wrote:

I think it is fabulous what you are doing to tend to the medical needs of your animal family members. I volunteer in an animal rescue having as many as 40 kittens in my home at one time and many people adopt and then at the littlest bump in the road want to return a pet they've had 6 months, a year or 10 years with no consideration for the pets feelings. You set a perfect example of a pet being a family member and we stick by them through good and bad. Good Job!

April wrote:

My chihuahua/rat terrier mix Sparky is 4 years old. About 2 years ago, he lost about 90% of vision in his right eye to a fungal infection. A few months later he developed a cateract over his left eye. I moved away from home this past March and was unable to bring him with me so I don't see him but about every 2-3 weeks lately, but I always check his eyes when I see him to make sure his condition is under control. Today when I stopped by Dad's house I noticed Sparky's left eye to be extremely swollen and bloody looking. I took him on an emergency trip to his vet, who told me his ocular pressure is extremely high, he has corneal scarring, glaucoma, blood vessels growing over his eye surface, and other problems. He is 100% blind in that eye and in a great deal of pain from the pressure. The vet gave us cortisone tablets for 10 days and told us to come back on the 11th day to see how the pressure is. If its not decreased Sparky will most likely need the eye removed. Sparky has other health conditions that could make surgery dangerous for him (his old vet had told me if we put him under anesthesia he may never come back out because of a liver disease he has). I am also struggling to get by financially, and I am afraid of the expense that is entailed with this procedure. Can anyone give me any insight on the expense of this procedure in the Southern Indiana area? I can't let him suffer, but I can't bear the thought of putting that precious pup to sleep. I have been in tears since I walked out of the vet's office, this is so heartbreaking. Anyone who can help me PLEASE e-mail me at LILMSBOSS@AOL.COM. Thank you!!!

Peggy Sue wrote:

A week ago today (on November 3), the vet eye doctor said my dog, Sadie's, right eye needs to be removed. Until today, I've been in denial. Finally, I realize I have to do the research and make a decision. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. At that point, she'd been treated for glucoma w/drops for 4 weeks (we're now at 5 weeks). When we were at the eye doctor, the pressure reading was 44 which I know is very high. She's a 13 year old Golden Retriever. From reading this site, I realize there are many success stories . . . but most seem to be w/younger dogs. The thought of her suffering severe headaches is heartbreaking and, like many have said, it doesn't appear she's in pain. She eats well, poohs good, always anxious for a treat, and chews regularly on her raw hides. She's never been extremely active (i.e., chase balls, etc.). Only change I have seen (although not a recent change) is that she breathes hard. I have a completely blind Am. Staffordshire Terrier (damaged optic nerves)who was blind when I found him so I'm not afraid dealing with a blind dog . . . he's great and gets around/along so well. I guess the question I'm struggling with (which I realize no one can answer) is whether Sadie would suffer less if we could maintain the pressure with medication OR if the eye is removed. She had her spleen w/non-maligant tumor removed in April, 2004 and a two skin cysts removed two weeks ago (stitches come out Friday and we'll find out then if it's anything serious). The thought of her being cut on yet again this year is tough. If anyone is willing to exchange e-mails about their experience w/an older dog, I'd really appreciate it. I'm at peggy_sue100@hotmail.com and I'd really appreciate your time and wisdom. Peggy Sue

Yvette wrote:

My 13 year old Pekingnese "Cody" is in surgery as I'm writing this, he had a terrible infection that wasn't healing and today his left eye will be removed. I have been fighting with the decision to have the eye removed for several days and finally decided that Cody should be pain free. He's a great dog and very much part of our family... After reading some of the other statements on this site, I feel better knowing that I have made the right decision and Cody will be thankful also.

samantha from NJ wrote:

my boston terrier got loose saturday, nov. 6th, 2004. i couldn't find her that night, and when my neighbor found her, she kept telling me there was "something on her eye". well, it wasn't "something" it WAS her eye, completely out of her socket and on her cheek. yesterday, nov. 7th, she had an enucleation of her left eye. today, i found out the proper spelling and have been looking it up all night. thank u for mking all of this information available to people who are frightened about the status of their pets. slowly but surely, sweet pea (4yrs old) and i (23 yrs old) will make it through together :-) i still don't know what did this as there are no other cuts or scratches, but she's been waking up from naps biting at "nothing" so i'm afraid it was very traumatic for her.

Jackie wrote:

My ten week old pekingese is undergoing surgery to have his left eye removed due to corneal ulcer. We had just adopted him a week ago and this condition had been left untreated. I am devasted emotionally but it helps so much to read that my little guy like so many other beloved pets will adjust to this . Thanks for making me feel hopefull.

Junorion wrote:

Hello, I have a 2 year old Shitzu. Her name is Kyra and we love her dearly!! Tonight she started to itch her left eye (a she does regularly -- shitzues have many "facial" medical problems) but after doing so she managed to somehow "pop" her eye out of the socket. It was not hanging out, more like pushed forward...afterword I picked her up to keep her from scratching it anymore and didnt know what to do. She started to whine and struggle, I almost dropped her, afterwords the eye seemed to go back in by itself. My question is if this is "normal"? and why does it happen or what can I do to prevent or fix a future incident? I appreciate any help or advise, she will be going to the vet tomarrow but I would like any comments anyways, Thanks!

Mandy wrote:

We have a Samoyed dog (9 years old) who had her first eye removed 1 1/2 years ago from glaucoma. Today she is having her other eye removed again glaucoma. I am feeling very sad that we have lost the battle for the last eye as we have tried for more that 6 months to save it with eye drops, Cryo surgery etc. But reading this site has reminded me of the difference it made to Krystal to have the other eye removed - she was obviously in more pain that we had realised - she went from being a lazy (we thought) dog to puppy like again. I am so hoping that she will be like this again, and will adjust to having no eye's. My parents think she should be put down, but I am going with the vets and others opinions that they cope very well. And hopefully the next 5-10 years with her will be as fun and loving as the last 9.

Doreen Penner wrote:

Hi; I just recently had a eye exam and I was told that cateracts were starting to form. Do I have to have surgery or are there other alternatives.

George & Norma wrote:

I have been struggling with the thought of having my companion of fourteen years, eyes removed. He lost his hearing in both ears a year ago and the he lost sight in one eye two months ago and then this past Sunday he lost vision in his remaining eye. I was really going through a bad guilt trip, by blaming myself for his suffering. I just could not bear the thought of seeing him without any eyes. After speaking with a lady which my vet recommended, I now have a totally different outlook. I would recommend this approach to anyone considering eye removal for their pet. As i was speaking to this lady on the phone, her dog Bear was playing and barking so loudly that she had to stop and calm him. Bear had his eyes removed three and one half years ago. She said within two weeks, Bear was like a puppy again. Bear is eleven years old. Our miniature cocker "Jacque" is scheduled to have his surgery in one week. I never really knew he was in such pain because he never exhibited any pain. I have done a lot of soul searching these past few days and now I am ready to take away his pain. I don't believe anyone has the right to take away a life, so i am going to give Jacque the rest of his life and I am going to love him even more now than ever before, if that is possible.

More from Raine in CA wrote:

More thoughts for those with dogs facing partial, or full, blindness. I thought I'd share small snippets I've learned; Dogs rely primarily on hearing, then scent, THEN sight, and touch, taste. That's how blind dogs get around; hearing and scent. Cater to that. One tip that helped us a lot is to dab essential oil (we used eucalyptus) on walls, door jams, etc... Chino picked up on this in a heartbeat and has had no trouble navigating the hall since. I've found that snapping helps her to follow me, but the bell idea seems to require less effort. We're getting some bells too! Also, I will be making her a halo to aid her in getting around after the e-collar comes off. -Raine and Chino the one-eyed wonder dog

Raine in CA wrote:

My beloved 10 yr old chocolate lab Chino was recently diagnosed with Glaucoma. The vet said her eye must go. She has had cataracts for a while so we'd already been watching her vision fade away, but she'd adapted quite well. We hadn't even realized that she wasn't playing any more (likely due to pain from the Glaucoma!). I struggled and cried and searched for another answer, and then- defeated- I scheduled her appointment for surgery. It's been almost a week now, and while it has been difficult at times(especially with a blind dog wearing an Elizabethan collar! That is a nightmare- not unlike blindfolding a seeing dog), all is well! This evening she played for the first time in a while!!! I have my old girl back! That's worth all the tears over lost eyeballs in the world! She doesn't miss that nasty ol' eye with it's horrible pressure spikes! She's so happy to have no more pain! If anyone is struggling with enucleation, trust me, your dog WILL thank you! Of course we have to tell her how beautiful she is, and how much we love her, and it's hard not to give extra treats while she's healing, but I realized I won't ever have to regret this decision. -Raine with Chino the one-eyed wonder dog

john from England wrote:

Our 13 year old retriever has just had his second eye removed after cataract surgery, although sucessfull for a day, it reversed and he developed glaucoma. We did try Bright eyes on the cataract before going for surgery but it did not work. We used it for six months. We have the consolation that we have our beautifull dog back home with us even with both eyes stiched up. Amazing how he still looks to chase his stones which we use to throw for him. I am sure after a few more weeks he will astound us with his ability to get around. All dogs will react positively if you keep loving them unconditionally as they do to you.

Mara wrote:

So glad to find this site, because I was feeling very alone today. My dog of 16 years lost an eye (probably got scrached out accidentally by my other - very playful - dog). I'm glad to hear about so many other dogs leading "productive lives" with one eye...

Jeannie wrote:

I never knew that this kind of thing could happen untill one day I came home and there was my Maggie (5year old Lhasa) with her left eye poped out. The vets were so fague as to what was going to happen to her eye. We left it in thinking that it would be ok, but now her eye is always red and it looks like it is sinking in. I am so scared for her to have the eye removed, but after reading all your letters it has helped alot. I never knew that this happened to so many pets. My vet said that he had never seen this before. She doesn't seem to be in pain but i don't want it hurting her. And after seeing how much it hurt her to have her eye stitched shut after hurting it I don't know. She would not stop messing with it. I don't know what to do I want to do what is besst for Maggie but I don't want to put her in any more pain either. Please let me know if there is a good website to go to that talks about and shows the surgery. Thank you Jeannie, NC

Mia wrote:

We just recovered from our dog (pug) losing an eye.

Lance McLean wrote:

Our five year old Basset Hound, Maggie Mae lost both eyes to a very sudden case of glaucoma this summer. We were hopeful at first that it was a secondary condition and treated her agressively while running every test imaginable. Alas after three months of vigilant treatment and suffering on Maggie's part, both eyes were untreatable. We opted to have them enucleated and stiched closed. I was positively gutted by the experience. I have never cried so much. Her second eye was removed in early August (2004) and this posting has been made in October(2004). As of today she is absolutely happy and healthy. There is not an ounce of self pity in the dog and she leads an entirely happy life. Hse has adapted phenomenally and is a fun, happy dog. The only sad thing is thinking about how much pain she was hiding before the condition got so bad we could observe it. If your vet has advised enucleation, do not delay the procedure, do it soon so you can get your dog back. Especially with Bassets, you think you're looking in to their soul when you look them in the eye, but our blind dog's true soul is more apparent now that she's blind. She's even working well with our eight month old son! Not only am I glad I took the vet's advice on enucleation, I'm also glad I didn't bother with a prosthesis. Yes it looks, normal, but the dog is blind anyway and a prosthesis is just one more thing to keep you going back to the vet...don't bother. The important thing is that you get the dog out of pain. My blind dog is probably happier than she's ever been, owing to the increased attention she gets. :-D I can't say enough about the amazing capacity of Maggie to adapt but then again maybe she didn't think she had much of a choice. Either way we love her more than ever and she's as sweet to us as she ever been. We look forward to many happy years.

Tracey from England wrote:

It has been very educational reading all these experiences. I have JRT X very small adorable terrier Ellie who is 4 years old and has been diagnosed with luxated lenses in both eyes. In December 2003 she has both removed and had a implant lens in the right eye, which successful took for 7 months -, unfortunately the vet surgeon had to remove it much too our disappointment but now she has developed Glaucoma problems in the left eye, the transplant eye is ok but is slowly shrinking. She is on Xalatan & Azopt for right eye and Prednisolone for left, her eyes are regulary check by opthithamologist vet specialist but I fear the 'Glaucoma' eye will never get better due to the intensity of the treatment. The pressure is controlled but on each vet visit changes up and down. Having read some of the outcomes on this comments page, I wondered if eventually she will have to have the eye removed. Has anybody ever seen this condition improve maintain ed without medication or is this a lifetime illness? I am of course being guided by my compassionate vet who will of course give me the best advice with regard to Ellies welfare (Ive worked in vets for years but wanted an outside opinion from pet owners who have 'been there' I love her to bits and do not want her to suffer for the rest of her days, any thoughts would grateful be received.

Tracey from England wrote:

It has been very educational reading all these experiences. I have JRT X very small adorable terrier Ellie who is 4 years old and has been diagnosed with luxated lenses in both eyes. In December 2003 she has both removed and had a implant lens in the right eye, which successful took for 7 months -, unfortunately the vet surgeon had to remove it much too our disappointment but now she has developed Glaucoma problems in the left eye, the transplant eye is ok but is slowly shrinking. She is on Xalatan & Azopt for right eye and Prednisolone for left, her eyes are regulary check by opthithamologist vet specialist but I fear the 'Glaucoma' eye will never get better due to the intensity of the treatment. The pressure is controlled but on each vet visit changes up and down. Having read some of the outcomes on this comments page, I wondered if eventually she will have to have the eye removed. Has anybody ever seen this condition improve maintain ed without medication or is this a lifetime illness? I am of course being guided by my compassionate vet who will of course give me the best advice with regard to Ellies welfare (Ive worked in vets for years but wanted an outside opinion from pet owners who have 'been there' I love her to bits and do not want her to suffer for the rest of her days, any thoughts would grateful be received.

Buddy's Mom wrote:

Daisy, Shalli, and Anabelle's stories are uplifting. I have a 12 year old miniature pincher who is diabetic. To add, the doctor now wants to enucleate his left eye. Is it fair of me to put a senior dog with illness through more pain of surgery?

Kailey wrote:

I need help!!! I have a guinea pig who might need his eye to be removed! please email me if you have any info! email: jimbob027@juno.com Thanks so much!

Sadie's mom wrote:

Shortly after we adopted Sadie, our cocker-King Charles mix, we discovered that she had severe glaucoma. Her left eye was removed in March of 2000 and a prosthesis inserted (the veterinary ophthalmologist in the Washington, DC area charged $600, and that included $350 for the implant). She has since lost sight in her right eye (cataracts & glaucoma) but you wouldn't know it. She handled moving to a new house - one with stairs (something she'd never had to cope with)and a yard all her own. She loves her walks around the neighborhood and does just about everything she did before losing her sight, including jumping on and off the bed, swimming in the ocean (at the end of a long flex leash). She even foiled an attempted car theft one night. I do warn other dog owners we meet that she can be a bit agressive, but she was an alpha female even before she lost her sight. When she becomes excited she is more likely to bump into things, because her focus is not on where she's going, but otherwise she rarely puts a paw wrong. In other words, dogs adjust better than we do. Love them, make sure they get their meds - especially antibiotics right after surgery, and give them the room to adapt to their new world. They'll surprise the heck out of you.

Yonnie wrote:

My little Pomeranian - Piggy, was had a eye removal surgery 3 days before. His eye was popped out because of a dramatic accident. Unluckily, his another eye was blinded cause of cataract for a few years ago. So he was totally blinded now. He looked fine on day 1 after surgery, anything just like normal. He is active, and interest about all the things, sounds around him. But he started to reject eating and keep vomit at day 2. He was really like to eat at before. Also, he only interested to drink water, a lot of water. He seems like very tired and depressed after he knew that he can't see anything from now on. (Or maybe he don't have energy coz of haven't eating any foods) I was so worried about he don't wanna eat anything (even his favorite tasty chicken). Any suggestion for me? I already see my vet and told her about it. My vet said his wound is recoving. But I still very worry about him of don't wanna eat anything. (I scared he is too weak to fight with the blind fate) PS : English is not my mother-tongue, hopefully all of you know what Im talking about. Thanks for listening :)

Pamela wrote:

Jerri-Lynn...your story is so sad...I feel awful for you...I know what its like to feel like you will lose your pet...I thought twice now that we were going to lose Ginger and just this March I lost my Fluffy girl after twelve years...I'll say a prayer for her...

Pamela Cafra wrote:

Just an update on Ginger...she is doing very well after having her eye removed. She sleeps well, has a good appetite and she wags her tail whenever she 'sees' me. She still has one eye so I'm sure she can see somethings. I want you to know that life does go on when your beloved little 'girl' or 'boy' happens to lose an eye...

Jerri-Lynn wrote:

My peke Daisy lost her left eye nine years ago. She had been in a fight with our other peke and the eye became detached. They were able to keep the eye, but that was just for cosmetics. We went through the whole lampshade thing, and she's led a wonderful life since then. A couple weeks ago, she seemed to become excessively thirsty and was urinating very frequently. Last night all of a sudden, she seemed to be bumping into everything. I tried to wipe some goop out of her eye (this is her good eye) and then it began bleeding. We rushed her to the emergency vet and they told us she had two different things going on. First, she is severely diabetic and needs insulin. They can't begin treatment until she is spayed. We never had her spayed because when she had her eye surgery, they had lost her a couple times due to anesthesia complications. Once she is spayed, then they can treat the diabetes. They also said she has a tumor in her good eye. She'll apparently need an opthamologist, but they say no one will touch it until the diabetes is under control. Yesterday she was a happy, playful dog and today she is a blind diabetic. It seems to be that by the time they can even get to the eye, she will have gone through so much and we don't even know if the tumor is operable. It seems to be that they best thing may be to put her to sleep, but I can't even consider it. When she lost her first eye, it was a no brainer as far as what we would do. Now we just don't know how much to put her through.

sonyasavoy@yahoo.com wrote:

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Pamela wrote:

Today, my husband found my precious little Ginger a ten year old Pekignese in our house with her left eye almost detached from her eye socket. My poor girl has a disease that attacks this breed of dog's immune system. She cannot produce tears and she suffers from 'dry eye'. A few months ago she had an operation to remove the outer skin folds below her eyes which the vet said would help reduce ulcers. Well two months later we had to rush her back to the vet because her eyes were swollen and red and they looked like they had popped out of the socket. The vet said they were severely infected and he put her on antibiotics and eye drops. That was two months ago and I thought she was doing much better as every day I treated her with her eye drops..until today. The vet says she has to have her eye removed tomorrow, 9/14/04 so of course I am heartbroken about it. She couldn't see too well out of both of her eyes and she would constantly rub her face on anything just to rub her eyes. I hope she does better now that her eye will be removed and she won't have any discomfort unless her other eye acts up . I think she'll adjust to the loss; I have a cat that lost his eye about ten years ago and he's just fine...couldn't be better; he's as fast as lightning...if anyone else has a Peke with this problem, let me know...pjcrangers@aol.com Wish my Ginger luck please!

MY CHOCOLATE LAB SUGAR HAD HER EYE REMOVED 09-09-04. I AM PICKING HER UP TODAY. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. SHE HAD TO HAVE IT REMOVED DUE TO AN EYE INFECTION THAT WAS ACCQIRED SHORTLY AFTER BIRTH. SHE HAD NO VISION IN THE RIGHT EYE AND AS TIM WENT ON ( SHE IS 1 1/2 NOW) THE EYE BEGAN TO BULGE WHICH LEADS ME TO WHERE I AM TODAY. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN I PICK HER UP AND EVENTUALY WHEN THE BANDAGES COME OFF. WE LIVE IN A VERY RURAL PART OF ILLINOIS AND AN IMPLANT WAS NOT AVAILABLE. ANY ADVICE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!

Lawna wrote:

I am the proud mom of a no-eyed Jack Russell Terrier named Milo. He is 8 years old and has been without both eyes for over a year now. He is a wonderful, energetic, independent and loving dog, just as he was with both eyes. He's learned lots of catch words so he knows if he's going to bump into something or there is a step coming. Milo and I visit local daycares to share his story with children. The kids learn so much about blindness. I even wrote a short book about Milo that I read to the kids. They love to see pictures of Milo in a book. You can read Milo's own personal story, told from his own point of view by going to http://pages.ivillage.com/milosjournal/

K Cheeks wrote:

I've just been reading some letters on this web site and I am so touched and comforted. Three days ago, I had to rush my 12 year old "peek" "buddy" to the emergency room because his eye was bleeding. I had taken him to the vet 3 days earlier because his eye was not tearing called dry eye. But apparently it was not soon enough because the pressure in his eye bursted. After taking him to one emergency room, we had to take him to a dog optamologist who then checked his eye and said he was blind and his eye needed to be removed. They said he would feel so much better after the surgery and that he wouldn't be in pain. So I said ok whatever is best for him. It's been 3 days since surgery and his whimpering is breaking my heart. After fighting 2 days trying to get 4 pills down him every 12 hours, I got smart and had the vet give me his antibiotics in liquid form, that helped. But he walks around with that lamp shade around his head, walking into the edge of the walls trying to knock it off. He hasn't eaten much and really has me worried. I'm so afraid that maybe he won't recuperate or that he's just given up. I'm so scared I'm going to loose my little buddy. I just wish I could do more for him and somehow tell him that he's going to make it and believe it myself. I hope somebody out there has a little hope for me and "buddy". I wish I knew how long this would last and that other dogs have been through the same surgery, and come out the other side ok. If you had the same problems with your dog after surgery please share your experience, strength and hope with me, Thanks!!

Pixie's Mom wrote:

Our sweet 9 year old albino shih tzu had to have her left eye removed today. It has been so traumatic (for me anyway!). She had cataract surgery 8 days and her body rejected the lens. When the doctor went in to take out the lens (he thought that would take care of the infection) he discovered that the eye was totally ruined. Her cornea fell apart. My husband took her (its one and one half hours away) and called wanting to know what to do, I called the vet and talked to him and after hearing all of the horrible things that could happen and after hearing that she can't see anyway I told them to go ahead. I just feel soooo bad for her and also guilty because maybe if I had taken her sooner we wouldn't have had to do this. I just hope and pray that the right eye stays OK. She seemed good when they got back in town, so maybe she'll do fine! He said it was harder to pin point a reason for this since there is so little information on albino dogs! Anybody have any advice?! Keep us in your thoughts and prayers please.

Elizabeth wrote:

Sarah, Do you have a teaching hospital associated with a vet school nearby? I went to Ohio State University and they would do implants. I know Purdue, Ohio State and Michigan State have great vet schools. Hope this helps.

Sarah wrote:

My little Tucker has to have her eye removed due to a tumor, which led her to be blind in that eye. I am having trouble locating a vet who will do an implant! There does not appear to be anyone who can help! Can you steer me in the right direction?

Dina wrote:

Hi! Your site was very informative. My dog Felix had to have his eye removed. I had him only three days after the former owner gave him to me, and he had to have eye surgery, because of an infection that was never taken care of. He is a wonderful cute male chihuahua. I have been trying to get an eye patch for him with no sucess. Any suggestions?

Sheila & My Sweet Baby Girl Darcey wrote:

A month ago,Darcey my Rat Terrier, Started scratching from her allergies, and accidentaly scratched the cornia in her leg eye. I rushed her to my vet, and they told me to put eye drops in for a week and maybe that would heal it. Needless to say, it didn't heal. Monday we were back at our vet with Darcey's left eye bleeding down her pretty little face and my heart breaking for her. We reached our vet and they told me it did not look good for her eye. They kept her and injected her eye in hopes of balloning it up, and sewed her eye lid shut. Two weeks later we returned to the vet and they removed her stiches only to see that her eye was even worse. This past week I have been trying to decide what to do, some days her eye looks better and other days I don't know why I am putting off taking her to have her eye removed. The last time we went to the vet they said the cornia completly blew out. Darcey has been so very brave through all of this, better than I have that's for sure. Darcey is going on four years old now, I found her dumped along side a country road when she was aroud two, it took me a few times to get her to come to me and when she did I knew this was going to be my best friend and companion for many, many years to come. It was love at first site. Darcey has trained her self with the loss of site in her eye to walk along the calf of my leg as her guide. She is so smart and so very full of love. She and I will get through this. She had a terrible infection from her eye about three weeks ago and the vet didn't know if she would make it or not. But thank God, he spared my baby girl. Thanks and God Bless to all of you and your furry babies. I will pray for each and everyone of them. Sheila

Raven wrote:

Please help, My BT has a cut on his eye and the vet just gave ointment... what do i do, the cut looks really bad and I am in fear for his sight

Elizabeth with Bella's progress wrote:

Hi, I just wanted to give you an update on Bella. She had a rough night(7-19-04), but I think she was more afraid than in pain. Her "eye" is really swollen but looks good( I guess:). She HATES the lamp-shade they make her wear around her head, but it will really come in handy when the eye starts to itch from healing.(She will be auditioning for an Elizabethan play when she feels better, since she already has the costume) My vet said in about 10-14 days she will be feeling much better, but things will get worse looking before they get better. I am doing better today. I am still very sad knowing what she is going through, but I know, after all the pain she was in, we did the right thing. We go see an Opthomologist at OSU on August 2 to do some preventative measures to maybe save the other eye. My 7yr. old and 4 yr. old have adjusted pretty well too. My daughter wants us to "fix" the eye and put it back in. My son is very protective of her and will be ready to kick someone's butt (thank you TaeKwonDo) if they make fun of her or say she is ugly. My 19 mos. daughter points at Bella's eye and says "Bella boo boo". We got Bella a harness to help guide her through the house and my 4 year old said "I am glad she has a pretty necklace to make her feel better about herself" Kids!!! I took some pictures of our baby. Looks pretty bad, but I look forward to a picture of her when she is healed so we can compare how far she has come. Leo our kitten has become Bella's surrogate daddy and is right by her side most of the time or if he isn't he is climbing my sun room screens. Thanks for listening to our update and God bless you all.

Elizabeth wrote:

My 5 year old dog Bella has been going blind since birth. We adopeted her at 8 weeks and she was the most beautiful puppy I had ever seen (hence the name.)They said she was a shepherd/greyhound mix. She was totally white except for her black with brown "mask". Over the next few months Bella started to get black spots all over her body and she started to progress with her visual deteriation. We don't think Bella ever had any peripheral(sp) vision. Bella did really well for a few years dispite the fact she would bump into things. She loved to chase her tennis ball which she could smell from a mile away.About 6-9 months ago her eyes began to look like shattered glass and then what seemed to happen over night, she developed cataracts. About 3 weeks ago (6-29-04) I was surprised to see the brown of Bella's iris again and the pupil was white with the cataract. When she was examined by my vet I was told that Bella's lens had "luxated" or moved and that she was developing glaucoma. Saturday (7-10-04) night Bella was in obvious pain and would not open her right eye. We took he Sunday(7-18-04) morning and there they told us Bellas eye pressure was 68 (normal around 15) and that her eye had to be removed. I was devastated. My sweet baby was in pain and my heart broke. I have always said that the most important thing to me was Bella's quality of life. I refused to allow her to be in pain. This morning (7-19-04) I did the hardest thing I have ever had to do, I took Bella in to have her right eye removed. I have also resigned to the fact that she will eventually need to have the left taken out too. I truly know in my heart we are doing the right thing. I am not even sure that Bella sees anything but light and dark anyway. The hardest part of this whole ordeal is preparing my 3 kids (8,4 & 2) for what is going to happen in the next few weeks. Some of the most comfort I have gotten is from the other people I have read about who have gone through the same things I am going through. I am so proud to have Bella as MY baby. I think about the fact that I was the one who go to adopt her and take the best care of her. I shutter to think about if someone else had adopted her and wouldn't take care of her like we do. She sweetest little baby and I am so honored to be her Mom. Some of the best memories I have with Bella are how she was always there with me whenever I was sad. There were time throughout my pregnancies that hormones would send me into a crying baby and Bella was always there for her unconditional love. Another time about a year ago my son ended up in the hospital for 3 days when he started to hemmorage 9 days after his tonsilectomy. Bella NEVER left my side. She knew I was besides myself with worry and she was my constant companion. I miss her terribly right now. she always made me feel better and when I need her the most she is not here. I can't wait till 4:30 when I can get my baby and bring her home where she belongs. I hope if you are reading this you will keep us in your prayers. I hope if you are going through something like I am that God blesses you and your dog. Thank you for listening to my story and I hope to update with good news soon. jasmom04@columbus.rr.com

Pepe says "God bless Bella."

Robin wrote:

My recently adopted Sheltie (I was fostering him for a friend when this all started)just had his left eye removed two days ago. It started with what the vet thought was an inflammed pupil but it would not resolve with the prescribed medications. After two different vets, I brought him to a wonderful specialist who did a occular ultrasound that showed a tumor in the interior of his eye. He found that the eye was completely blind and glaucoma had set in as a secondary symptom. At this point we had to remove the eye to stop the terrible pain, stop the tumor's growth and to see if it was cancer. The night of the surgery I found this website and it helped tremendously to see what he would look like after the surgery and what I could expect as far as the recovery was concerned. I picked him up yesterday and he is doing really well. I had the silicone ball put in to retain the shape of the eye and the lid has been stitched shut. He is already back to wagging his tail and struting around the neighborhood. I pray that the results next week are that the tumor is benign but for now I just happy that the pain is gone. Thank you everyone for your stories. You have greatly eased our pain and I wish you all the best with your wonderful animals. :)

Linda & Angel Love wrote:

Hi Orlani, I am so sorry to hear about your “little” baby! I don’t think they can put in a fake eye now that it is removed. When Angel had her prosthetic eye inserted, they used the “outside eye” and filled it, I don’t remember with what. I would check under "Chihuahua" web sites to see if there is one that can help you with your expenses. I know there is one for English Mastiffs (that’s what my baby is) for people that can not afford the expense of necessary surgeries. Sweetie can and will do fantastic with the use of only one eye! Angel lost hers when she was 2 ½ and she will be 7 this Dec.! Angel still runs with my other “mutt” and loves to play. She can see better with her one eye than I can with both my eyes and glasses. Remember that you did the best possible thing that you could for Sweetie. They tell me that the pain from the high pressure caused from glaucoma is horrendous! It’s like humans, when we get migraine headaches, which I can relate to!! When I get a migraine, even turning my head sends unbearable pain, that’s not counting what “sounds” and “light” will do to my head. You said yourself that Sweetie is having fun in the park! Remember that beauty is on the inside, not the outside. So when you “look” at Sweetie, “see” what a wonderful companion and friend that she has been for you not her closed eye. You could always make her an “eye patch” like a pirate’s to cover up the closed eye. Have it in a bright pink, use your imagination! If anyone asks you about it, just inform them “this isn’t bad, you should see the other dog”!! Just think of all the new friends that Sweetie and you will encounter at the park. They won’t look at Sweetie in "sympathy" but with the "humor" that you are using to help Sweetie. Good luck and I would love to see a picture of Sweetie with her new “eye patch”!

Linda & Angel Love wrote:

I would like to comment to Rose & Abby. Is your vet giving Abby any meds for her “good” eye? Did they tell you that she “could”? or “has”? developed glaucoma in her right eye. When Angel (English Mastiff, weighs 198 lbs.) was about 2 ½ yrs old, I found out too late that she had glaucoma in her left eye and was totally blind. After rushing around the area all night having 2 different vet hospitals look at her eye, the pressure was up to 55. After her eye surgery, (had a prosthetic eye inserted) they did find some glaucoma in her right eye and told me the same thing about going blind within a year. Angel will be 7 yr old this December! We have been on meds since that time and it has helped keep the pressure down and she can still see great out of her right eye, even better than I can with my glasses on!! During her last eye check up, which I get the pressure checked every 2-3 months, that now they can do a surgery for glaucoma!! I know my uncle just had glaucoma surgery for his eyes and he can see great!! It will probably be expensive, but I will do anything to keep her eye sight. The vet told me that we have a long way to go with the meds before this might have to be done, so check with your vet about meds. If they don’t know about this, I would find a vet hospital that specializes in dog eyes. There are a lot of new procedures developing everyday! I kiddingly call Angel my “billion dollar baby”! Last year she torn both ligaments in her back legs and had to have tplo surgery.

ROSE C wrote:

OUR SWEET BASSET ABBY, HAD HER LEFT EYE REMOVED TODAY DUE TO GLAUCOMA. THE VET SAID THAT THE OTHER EYE WILL PROBABLY LOSE SIGHT ANYWHERE FROM 6 MONTHS TO TWO YEARS. WE ARE HEARTSICK FOR HER. IT WAS ENCOURAGING TO HEAR THE COMMENTS AND THE STORY OF SHALLI (SHE LOOKS LIKE OUR ABBY). WE ARE STILL WORRIED ABOUT HOW SHE WILL ADAPT WHEN THE TIME COMES THA SHE LOSES SIGHT IN THE RIGHT EYE. PLEASE KEEP HER IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

Orlani wrote:

Please write me asap everybody!My little chiuahua("Sweetie")who is my heart and soul,had a dog hurt her left eye.The eye ball fell out but stayed attacged.My pain was beyond description!At the Emergency,they removed the eye ball forever!Then closed up the lid.This,4 days ago.She is doing well and even run in the park but I feel at lost and die a thousand times looking at her single eye!Can she live for years with one eye awwing ok?Please cheer me up!I love her and am ill over her lost!I am all alone and know VERY LITTLE about eye replacement!I am on social security and have no money left even o remove her stiches.But Jesus will find a way.I love her and tears are in my eyes... God bless all of you. Orlani

Dawn in Connecticut wrote:

ur "just-turned" six year old shar pei, Kaila was just diagnosed with glaucoma (5/20/04). The canine opthamologist says she is blind in both eyes and at most, can only see a increase in lightness if presented with bright light. Her pressures were measured twice, first at 27 in each eye and then 15 minutes later, at 31 in each eye. Furthermore, they are recommended removing both of her eyes. They'd explained that while her pressures were not "off the charts", the retinal and optic nerve damage they saw indicates that her pressures have been much higher in the past. I couldn't believe she was blind nevermind having this horrible disease. She showed no real signs of glaucoma other than the pupil of her eyes becoming a greenish color and lack of a dramatic a change in pupil dilation. She is home with me all day and has never whined, pawed at her eyes, has experienced no discharge or glaze over her lens and the size of her eyes has never shown a change. As a pup, Kaila has always had nice almond shaped, beautiful, visible eyes unblemished by entropian or any other shar pei eye disorder. The week prior to our visit, we'd seen that she totally misnavigated our garage doors and thinking that one door was opened, trotted right into a closed door. This caused us to call a vet right away. She was given eye drops to lower her pressures and has an appt this upcoming week (5/28/04) to recheck them. Since that day at the canine opthamologist, I've been watching her every move. It is my belief that she does still have some sight and continues to show no signs of being in pain. My first indication of her having some sight is based on her ability to track me (approx. 50-75 ft away & horizontally) wearing dark clothes across a somewhat busy parking lot. She always comes with me to drop of my son at school. She was in my vehicle sitting in the passenger seat with all windows closed. It was early morning and rather chilly. As I was exiting the school, I noticed what I perceived to be Kaila looking directly at me. I know she expects to see me exit from this door and head directly toward my vehicle. I decided to pretend I was going to another car and headed in a completely different direction. Her head followed me the entire walk and then back toward the school door. She then also tracked me while I approached her. She sat up and wagged her tail as she's always done when she knows I'm getting in the car. There were other people moving about the parking lot and while I think she could smell me, she tracked me with her head without hesitation as if she were seeing me, the entire test. While this probably isn't a good example, I've continued to perform other tests and I have a few other indications, but will only address two more in this message. For the past few days, I'd command her to sit. With her sitting, I would stand in front of her with both of my arms out in a "t-like" fashion. I didn't have any treats in my hands nor did I even go near the bin where they're stored. Her head tracked my right arm movement to the t position. If I bent my left arm at the elbow, she had absolutely no response. If I bent my right arm at the elbow, her head moved following my hand to the elevated bended position. I performed this test on several occasions with the house illuminated in varying degrees (from very dim to as bright as I can get it) and wearing varying colored clothing. The last test I did was today...with the house very dim and wearing a grey, longsleeved housecoat. She still followed my right hand without hesitation and I can duplicate this at any time. Last, but not least, when Kaila is in the house, I am outside and our house door is open, she sits just inside the glass "screen door" watching my every move. The sidewalk to our home is perpendicular to the front door and is approximately 75-100 ft. in length (from the street to the front door). I had just arrived home and was emptying my vehicle of

mel wrote wrote:

I was glad to find this page. I was told my 7 year old Jack Russel(Maggie) needs her left eye removed becacse of the damage glaucoma did to it.I fell so sad for her. She is such a wonderful dog.I love her so much.I know what decision I have to make but it will be hard.She has alot of good years to live and I have alot of love to give her.Its been very helpful reading other peoples stores.I love my Maggie! Thanks

Gail wrote:

Right now as I type I look back and see my 13 year old "Charlie" pup sleeping on the couch behind me. We have today come to an understanding (me and Charlie) that the Glaucoma in her eye is causing her too much pain and suffering and although I want to selfishly keep her here with me forever she has helped me realize that I have to let her go. She has suffered immensley from the glaucoma and aging (91 in dog years!), and I dont want to make her suffering any more intense by the removal of her eyes. I cant do that to her - I must let her go and help her the only way I can. She can no longer run around, it is difficult for her to find things (toys, cookies) and being a smaller dog she cannot climb the stairs, and she constantly falls over hurting herself when she walks. I sat and thought "I dont mind doing these things for her" but as I looked at her and thought "someone give me a sign" she licked me for about ten minutes then wanted outside - I went with her - and as she stood on the grass wobbly legged she threw her head back in the wind and basked in the sun light. She even tried to run!! That's when I knew this is no way for a dog to live. I have probably kept her with me for as long as I have for my own well being and companionship. Easter weekend, and we are at the Vet's with her, and given a tough choice - have the surgery with a possibility of living (not a high one either) but living at what quality of life, or help her and end her suffering. I decided at dinner last night its time to give her back all the love she has given us all these years, and at 5:30 tonight I will help her, with the purest love and thanks in my heart for the joy she has given me so far. I cant be selfish and make her suffer anymore. What you should do is sit back and see your dog as she is, and if you feel deep down in your gut that she may not be completely complacent, then help her. If she is happy, then dont fret - she will be alright! My advise to all those reading this, make a special time daily to play with your pup (or cat) and make it quality time - dont be rushing here and there without so much as a pat - because the next time you go to pat them they may not be there....

Pepe says "God bless Charlie."

Barbara wrote:

I have been struggling with the decision to have my 12 year old Lab's eyes removed due to glaucoma. She has been blind for about 2 years due to PRA and cataracts, and has just recently been diagnosed with glaucoma. I know she has pain due to the pressure in her eyes, but the thought of having to have her eyes removed just makes me cry. It has been such a huge help to read all the stories at this website. It gives me hope that all will be well with my Casey after she has the surgery. I love her to death and want what's best for her - I just wish I didn't have to do this to her. . . . .

jillyp wrote:

Hi My beautiful little spaniel Jewel has just had a prosthesis put in her right eye - she had glaucoma that flared up badly again and could no longer be controlled with medication and drops. I decided for this rather than enucleation as the opthamolagist I take her to recommended it - it is only a week ago she had the operation and the past couple of days she has been back to her old self with her energy returning, barking at other dogs and wanting to go out with us. Her eye was very swollen for a few days, but that has been going down and her eye looks great - if you didn't know she was blind in that eye and has a prosthesis, you probably wouldn't know - it may change colours a bit, but at this stage is very much like her other brown eye. At first she bumped into things with no vision in the right eye and had an elizabethan plastic colour on to stop knocking her eye but now she is doing fine and has adjusted really well to one eyed vision. I keep feeling that she can see, although I know she can't in that eye - she still gazes and looks and I realise that with this option, some of her own eye is retained, so I feel very happy about this decision. Just felt to share this in case someone is really worrying as I was about what to do. Thanks

Sheila wrote:

The positive comments I have read are making this knot in my stomach ease a little.My 12 year old do is being treated for an eye ulcer that may have gotten out of hand. I feel so guilty because I did not notice anything wrong with her. I take such good care of all my pets and usually can spot if something is wrong long before most people would. Now she might lose her eye, we go to the vet tomorrow for a checkup. Her vision is not that great in her good eye either. I think her eyeball is swollen now - it wasn't when we first went in 7 days ago? If the eyeball swells is all hope for the eye gone?

Dev wrote:

I am relieved to find this site....I recently adopted a pekingese, and became quite attached QUICKLY to him. I new he had "something wrong" with his right eye upon adoption, so I named him One Eyed Willy, thinking he'd eventually loose his sight in that eye. Well, come to find out, it is an ulcerated eye, and is beyond repair, and it will need to be removed. It is so great to read all of these positive recoveries! I now know Willy will be fine one eyed...and he will be the cutest little dog once he feels better.

Julie Hindle wrote:

Hi My name is Julie, I have a 9year old Tibetan Terrier Mr Tibs, who last year received a prosthetic eye impland due to Glaucoma setting in. He has done really well with this eye, which has been completely trouble free, and we are delighted we made the decision to have the implant. No one can tell it's false untill we tell them. He has been on permanent treatment for his other eye to control the glaucoma, from the day he was diagnosed. At the minute the eye seems fairly under control, although on the occassional day, it doesn't seem to respond to the drug and I have to give an extra drop, which then does the trick. If anyone can tell me how long it took before they knew that their dog would lose its second eye, I would be very grateful. I know that every case is different, but I would just like to hear others story's, to give me some idea. Mr Tibs was diagnosed with glaucoma and PLL last April. The op took place in the June, and he has been on glaucoma treatment since the April. This is a great website. Best wishes Julie

The Cajun wrote:

This note is for oscar's mum and also to Jennifer... We chose not to put a prosthesis in because my vet preferred not to. She also said that it increases risk of infection (although only slightly). My darling ShihTzu (Snooch) was back to his happy self in only 2 days. He made a VERY fast recovery. If I had known that he would bounce back like that, I would not have hesitated so much. The stitches came out after 2 weeks and now the hair has grown back. He looks like his eye is closed. I was going to buy him a patch, but recently I decided against it. It seems that he's doing fine without it. Anyway, I truly think that the owner has a harder time with this than the dog does. Many nights I cried worrying about what to do... After it was over with, I had no reason to cry because Snooch was obviously happy and in no more pain. That's all I wanted. I don't love him for his looks. Besides, he looks like he's winking which is kinda cute, anyway. I wish you guys the best, and I am sure you (and your dogs) will feel better when it's all over with.

Oscars mum wrote:

We have just been told Oscar our 3 year old English Golden Cocker Spaniel has acute angle glaucoma in his left eye and is not responding to drugs -it is very likely he will have to have the eye removed. It is also likely that it will only be a matter of time before the other eye will develop this condition. I am heartened by so many positive outcomes to eye removal. My vet does not feel prosthesis is worth considering bescause these can also cause problems. Can anyone advise me on this?

jennifer wrote:

My Boston Terrier may have to have his right eye removed. How long does it usually take for it to heal and them to get back to their normal selves? This has been very hard for both of us.

Gibson's Mom wrote:

Hi all...I see most of you have experience with eye removal surgery. Gibson, my 1 yr. old deaf Boxer, has an appt. with a vet. opthamologist next week. I'm trying to gather as much information as I can and am curious as to the cost of eye removal surgery. If you wouldn't mind sharing, could you please email me? Gendics74@aol.com

Elda and Greta (My Baby) wrote:

Hi guys! I'm so scared right now. I'm about to take this decission... and you now how hard it is. My baby (Greta) is a 7 year-old Beagle, and I love her so much. I don't want to see her in pain, I just want her to be happy, the way she used to be. I wonder, how is she going to see, if she has no eyes?. I want to say that I understand you, I really do. Thank you for your help. Your comments are really healing

Sam's Mom wrote:

Sam had his left eye removed yesterday. He had a tumour within his eye. He has stable cataracts in both eyes since he was very young so he has never had full sight. It is important to realize that these two medical situations, eye cataracts and eye cancer are totally separate occurances; there is no connection at all. Inner eye tumours are very rare happening with dogs, but I feel important to share the information so that others ask questions where no answers can be found. As no reason for his dramatic left eye change could be medically determined; no trauma, PRA, glaucoma (sp?) and with no improvement with three weeks of meds offered, and wanting to know "why", we would have his eye removed if we did not know what was wrong?...diagnosis took us to travelling many, many miles to see a veterinary opthamologist. Wonderful woman we met at the end of that journey. We knew what was wrong and how to help make Sam better. Reading this site (about sight (-:) has calmed my very worried and tired heart and mind after a long night and day post operation. Thank you all for sharing. Pain meds seem to be helping and Sam's wound is calm although he is moving slowly and whimpers. Research says dogs don't worry about having one eye or no eyes; but I have realized that they sense the difference and cope and then thrive. It is up to those who love them to set their hearts at ease with our touch and presence and voice. Sam is such a gentleman. My wish now is that this surgery brings him a long and healthy life with us.

Jenna JFID@cox.net wrote:

What we wanted wasnt what we got and WE ARE THRILLED!! Our puppy had a full thickness corneal laceration when the cat we used to have scratched his eye.He actually popped the globe. We live near a veterinary school and for $1500 they surgically repaired his eye hoping he would have sight again. He didn't. after a year of shrinking and swelling it stayed enlarged llike glaucoma. When he blinked there was always a line across the midle that didnt get lubricated or cleared and collected hair and looked funny. We had taken him back to see about an intrascleral prosthesis. Well, thursday night, 1-6-04 i cleared away the hair and it had ulcerated. The eye was thin and looked like it was going to pop. Friday I called my vet who is a friend and said we needed to take the eye out right no and I was on my way. I was so upset that he was not going to make it to have something more cosmetically appealing done. so friday morning i took him and stayed with him while our vet removed his eye and sewed his lids shut permenantly. I brought him home about an hour afterwards and he was groggy but we didnt even put an E collar on him. Tis was because they eye had been painful and blind for so long that he has learned NOT to rub at it. Well today is saturday and he woke us up with his fetch toy and is back to running around just like nothing happened. he is a shih tzu so his hair will cover it well. I was SO upset about removing they eye but the bottom line here is. My dog is SO happy!! wish i had just taken it out sooner. I didnt realize that he slept alot and didnt bark uch and other things not because he chose to but becuase he had such a headache and was in pain they we overlooked for a year!! He was happpier within an hour or his surgery than he has been in a long time. Who knew?? JFID@cox.net

BJ wrote:

I found this site while I was on the net searching for a little eye patch for my dog, Pork Chop. I just picked him up from the vet today. He got attacked by another dog and we had to have his eye removed. I had no idea what to expect it to be like....but after reading some of the stories on this sight I feel a little better knowing he isn't the only one. I keep worrying that he is feeling sad or hurting, but he just seems happy to be home with his family. Good luck to everyone else and your pets....I just hope I can find a eye patch for him so he can look cool!!!

schnooky wrote:

thank oyu for this site..in two days my 12 yr old maltese will be having her eye removed for she has melanoma as well as glaucoma............they will just be sowing it up..no implants....your site has helped to prepare me thank you again......we are very scared and sad.........

Ann wrote:

What is the genetic nose condtion that Labradors get that causes it to peel and bleed?

Sharene wrote:

Well my dog Louie had her eye removed on Wed and tomorrow it will be a week, and she's getting better every day. the swelling is almost gone and she's back to her old self. She doesn't even bump into things! thanks for this page it really helped me through...

Erik wrote:

I am so glad to find this page. It is comforting to know that others have been through the same. Elton, one of our two 9 year old mini daschunds developed some sort of immune problem with his eyes about a year and a half ago which caused his eyes to swell and bulge. The doctors could not determine the reason even the eye specialist that we have visited repeatedly. Glaucoma has also now set in. He lost complete vision in his right eye and has partial vision in his left. We have been giving him extensive (and expensive) medication over the last year and a half including Pred G, Pred Forte, Flurbiprofen, Timolol and Trusopt. His right eye got badly swollen last week and changed to completely white with red patches in it. It looked like a horror movie animal. We were so sad. The doctor recommended removal and that is what we did. He seems to have recovered well and is healing. He has to wear a Queen Anne collar for two weeks which he hates. His vision now is very limited and he will eventually lose sight completely. We hope that his other eye will not have to be removed as well. His brother Oskar is a little confused as to why he cannot play with brother. It makes me so sad since he is my little baby! However, he seems to be doing fine. He does have difficulty with some of our stairs and gets confused at times as to where he is in the house but for the most part he is able to navigate (albeit more slowly) without great difficulty. His appetite is as good as ever! I am a little saddened because he loved to go hiking so much and now that is very difficult unless we carry him in a pack. However, it is comforting to knowt hat other pooches have survived the ordeal including the removal of both eyes and are dealing well. Thanks for the page!

Sharene wrote:

We have just found out that we have to get our dog Lou Lou's eye removed. It's been comforting to read all of your stories.I'll let you all know how it goes, after the surgery.

Pepe says "Good luck."

The Cajun wrote:

My 11-yr old Shih Tzu (Snooch) scratched his eye somehow about a month ago. We used the antibiotics/anti-inflam/painkillers the vet gave us but after several weeks, the eye hadn't gotten much better. Snooch acted like it didn't bother him, but eventually he started running into things (even WITH the E collar on) because he had already lost the vision and was unable to tell that his eye was close to something (he walked right into a plant with that eye open, which caused the eye to rupture). Previously, I didn't want to enucleate the eye, but after that happened and it was obvious that he was in pain, we immediately had the vet do the operation. I want to thank those of you who have posted details to this website about the surgery. I am very glad that I was prepared for his appearance after surgery. The one thing I was not prepared for was the sneezes. Occasionally he has sneezing fits (I know you guys know what I'm talking about).. when the dog sneezes 5 - 10 times in a row non-stop. Well, he was sneezing blood, which really freaked me out. My vet assured me that as long as it's small amounts, then it's ok. It just seems like a lot of blood because it's splattered on the e-collar. Sorry if that sounded gross, but I wish I had thought about it beforehand, so it wouldn't have freaked me out like that. The first time it happened, I didn't realize it was from sneezes. I just saw blood on the e-collar. I just cleaned it up and tried to figure out where it was coming from.. eye? nose? mouth? I just couldn't tell. Then later, Snooch started his sneezing fit again and then I realized what had happened. Snooch is recovering nicely from the surgery and it's nice to see him happy again. I can only hope I made the right decision.

mandy wrote:

my dog just had his right eye removed as well on december 23/2003. so far his recovery is going great. It can be heartbreaking at times but I know he will be back to himself in no time.

Reggie wrote:

for bearnormal@aol.com. Our 17 year old Lhasa Apso, just recently, had to have his right eye enucleated. We chose to have the lids sewn closed. This posed no problem to him. He's just as happy now as always. Reaction from other people has only been positive with sympathy for the little guy, and lots of cuddles for him as well!

sally@higginsdiary.com wrote:

My poodle Higgins had a very happy life after having his eyes removed by following the sound the bell I was ringing. His quality of life was excellent. For more about Higgins please go to www.higginsdiary.com

Suzy wrote:

My 7 month old Jack Russel, Pippa had to have her eye removed today(11/17/03) I know her injury was an accident caused by rough play with another pup, but I feel so guiity. She is so young to be so disfigured. I did not have the money to take her to a specilist, so I had to use my regular vet. He has her eye stiched up so tight that it is pulling her lip up. She just looks so bad. I just can't stop crying. My poor beautiful girl. Please tell me this will get better.

Gingersnap's People wrote:

I wanted to ask for advice and to also encourage those of you who need to have your dog's eye enucleated. When she was about two or three years old, Gingersnap suffered from glaucoma, and needed to have her eye enucleated. (She was found on vacation in Puerto Rico as a small, mangy puppy, and was rescued by my mohter. Though we do not know her lineage, she looks like a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Dachshund. She also seems to have a bit of a Cocker Spaniel resemblance, which might explain, genetically, how she could have inherited glaucoma). Though it was terribly upsetting to see her post op, a few years later, she is happy, sweet, and doing well--though her "wink" does surprise people.) I notice that she often itches the socket where her eye was, and was wondering if you could please send advice our way. Also, if any of you are in the Piedmont Triad Area, and can recommend a vet, we'd appreciate it. Thank you! gilayala@earthlink.net

Helen wrote:

I am very grateful for this site. My little terrier mix, Buddy had to have an emergency enucleation this Monday night, due to a freak accident. It's good to know he'll be okay. Right now he's pretty miserable and his eye looks terrible. I'm just trying to focus on the positives right now and not dwell on the negatives. I guess there's a funny side to all this: I also lost my left eye! So now the two of us have only one eye. Too bad it couldn't be more balanced, eh?

Sue and Sharlamaine wrote:

Well I just found out today that my little shi tzu needs her eye removed because of an injury caused by digging out from underneath the fence. I am so sad for her - she is the sweetest thing. Anyway I am grateful for this site because from what you are all saying she will be ok ---thanks and wish us luck!

Justine wrote:

We just found out that Bear, our 9 year old lab/chessie mix and sweetie pie, has gone blind in his right eye due to secondary glaucoma. The decision now is whether to do enucleation or prosthesis. Can anyone share pros and cons of each? I've read the literature and a few websites and it seems that there are fewer complications and a shorter recovery time with complete removal, so we're leaning toward this option, but I'm concerned about the emotional component and about people's negative reactions and their effect on him. Any experiences you can share would be much appreciated. My e-mail is bearnormal@aol.com

Pepe says "There are 3 options, remove eye and sew lid, remove eye and have silicon ball in socket so shape retained, and the forever grape where a silicon ball is placed in the retained eye. I would choose middle one."

barbkats@msn.com wrote:

I have a 14 yr old sheltie that a vet opthamologist has advised to have her eye removed. They told me it could be from trauma, lyme disease, a tumor, severe infection. They said she has no sight in the eye and will never regain sight. There is a blood clot in her eye. They want to operate asap, so I wanted to know anyone's opinions out there. My regular vet read the report, and said he could send me for a second opinion but said I would get same results. Tried to get an appoint at University of Pa Vet hospital, but they won't see me for eight days. Any comments I would appreciate! God bless all our animal companions!

Brenda Looney wrote:

My dog, Buffy, had her eye removed in 2002 because of glaucoma. She is a 13 year old bichon frise. Here are some links to pictures of her months after her eye removal. http://brendas-garden.4mg.com/Mvc-003f.jpg http://brendas-garden.4mg.com/Mvc-005f.jpg http://brendas-garden.4mg.com/Mvc-007f.jpg Brenda & Buffy Michigan blooney10@aol.com

Wendy and Hippy wrote:

Just wanted to post an update about Hippy. He has had the surgery and is doing great! We both made it through with flyimg colors! It's been 3 weeks since the surgery and I have seen a dramatic change in Hippy. He is feeling so much better than before. We went back for a check up last week and Hippy is healing great and have had no complications (hallelujah!). Thanks for being here and telling your stories. It made this trip a lot easier! May God bless you!!

Emmy wrote:

We really found this site helpful when dealing with glaucoma. We had no idea what to do or think until we read other people's thoughts and experiences. It made the decision of enucleation much easier and we prepared ourselves for all the problems people have had. Emmy was diagnosed in April and exactly a year later has had both eyes removed. She is the very same dog she was before! HAPPY! pain free, loving, energetic,a tiny bit less confident but still jumps on the sofa and does the stairs just fine. The part I was most worried about was how I would look into her eyes when I talked to her. I feel that the eyes are so important for communication, but now that she has none, I still look into her heart the same way. She still cocks her head, looks at you with her ears and body and You don't even notice the lack of eyes anymore. She still blinks! I just feel so relieved that its all over now and we can carry on with our lives. Emmy had one eye removed right away and the other one had to have 2 kinds of drops three times a day, 10 minutes apart. We did that for about 10 months and I really don't feel that it did any good. The eye just got steadily worse and was so ugly, bulgy, rotten looking, at the end I was glad to have it out. She never really showed signs of pain, but once it was removed she perked right up and became full of joy and energy that we realized she was in pain after all. I can't stress it enough how well she is doing and how she is just like a normal dog, except she needs me to guide her in new places. I must admit she does have the odd bought of disorientation, but it doesn't bother her and she just carries on anyway. IMPORTANT THOUGHT....I find that I have to refrain from "putting myself in her shoes" I get all scared and worrried for her and think it must be so hard to go down the stairs and into the yard in total blackness, etc. etc. If I just don't think about it and carry on (like she does!) then everything is fine and we are all stress free. Thats the thing, left to themselves, dogs don't worry, they just deal with things. Its our worry and upset that causes them stress, so the better we deal with it the easier it is for them. I know, its easier said than done!
Pepe says "this is the message that Daisys and Annabelles pages give, the eyes are just important to humans, and a darn nuisance, and possibly painful."

Rey Acosta wrote:

im very sorry for last time my dog just past away. Those were just memories

Wendy and Hippy (Dachsund) wrote:

Thank you so much for having this site! I have just made the decision to have both eyes removed due to glaucoma. We are having the implants put in as well. I have been agonizing over this decision ever since I saw the eye specialist yesterday. All the stories and comments have put my heart at ease and gives me hope for my baby! Thank you again!

mark wrote:

I have just found out my labrador (Barney) is going blind. He has a degenerative condition that Labradors get and he is at the momemt nightblind. This is how I first noticed he had a problem because he avoids dark places and wouldn't go outside at night like he use to with ease. My wife is sobbing her heart out and I don't know what to do. He has to go to a specialist next week and I hope he has got some time left to do some stuff like swimming and running at the beach. I know we can adapt to this but my wife is saying it will be too cruel and we maybe should get him put down. After reading some of the anecdotes I'm convinced we can cope. Thankyou.

thmprfly@attbi.com wrote:

my 9 yo cocker spaniel, sunflower was diagnosed today w/secondary glaucoma. with a pressure of 55!! the medicine alone cost over $150 for 2 weeks worth. i am a college student and cannot handle the costs and would like to have her eye removed or a prosthesis. she has been blind for 4 years in this eye(cataract). can someone tell me what the normal prices are for surguries? and also if there is a vet near atlanta that doesnt cost so much? my vet quoted me 1300 for enucleaton alone.

jennie wrote:

Hi. TJ is a lovable, adorable, extremely smart, well trained and most beautiful american cocker spaniel, that just went blind. I feel very responsible for this and I tried to rectify by putting him through eye surgery, giving another pair of artificial eyes, but the fact still remains that he's blind. I can't seem to come to grips w/ this and I know that it's really hard for him right now too. I just want to know if there's anything that I can do to make his life easier. Like, is there any special products, books or classes that you've found *really* helpful and useful with my current situation? Please, any help and advice would be greatly appreciated from both of us.

Jeffrey wrote:

I have a nine year old Golden Retriever who just had one eye removed and a prosthesis implanted in the other which has left her totally blind. She's home one day now and is having a real difficult time. I am as well. I have to carry her sometimes because she doesn't want to go outside to pee. Then when I get her outside she wanders around and stops. She won't move. I think it's the collar around her head. She was much better before the surgery even though she couldn't see. I'm reading with interest everyone's comments and hoping that Dottie improves quickly. I so did not want to put her through this but the doctors (and now I see it on this website) all said blind dogs do very well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this will all be worth it.

Patty wrote:

This is an update on my shih tzu, Bootsy. I wrote about her a couple weeks ago. I finally decided to go ahead and have both of her eyes removed. It has almost been three weeks since the surgery. She did have to spend the night at the vet because they wanted to keep a close eye on her just because of all her other health problems that I listed before. There were no problems with the surgery. She has had her stitches taken out and she still looks so beautiful to me. But we are having problems. Before the surgery she could get around just fine even though she was blind in both eyes. Now she can not find her way any where. She also walks in circles, always toward the right. She runs into everything. You can not leave her along at all. When you call her name, she will look towards you but walk the other way. The vet feels that this is an effect of the anesthesia. If there is no improvement within like six weeks, then she probably will not get any better. I did have some problems with her eating during the second week after the surgery. I had to force feed her but she is eating on her own now. The problem is that she is also diabetic and needs insulin shots. She will only eat once a day. So I need to try and figure out the dosage of insulin for this. The vet said that if she only wants to eat once a day, we will just have to deal with that. He has her on prednisone right now. So between the prednisone and not having the insulin dosage correct yet, she constantly drinks and goes to the bathroom. I am usually up half the night because she needs to go so much. Plus sometimes she will not bark and she will just pee on the floor. My husband and I have not left her alone one time in tke last three weeks because of all this. So it has been really hard. I told the vet that if I knew that this was a possibility, I would not have had the surgery. He understood and said that if he had any idea that this could of happened that if would of definitely discussed it with me. He said that this is just not something that he ever thought would of happened. The eye surgery went great and she looks great, but if we can't get her back to the old Bootsy, then it really was not worth it. The vet told me that and I could not agree with him more. If you have any thoughts or comments, my email address is misseswojo@aol.com.

patch's Mom wrote:

To ellie's Mom.. Good luck with Ellie. You will be frustrated at first but will be amazed at how well she will get around in time. Patch is still having some problems but when i walk her on a leash, she trots right along and does quite well. I praise her alot when she scratches at the back door to come in just like when she had sight. And i give a stern warning when she gets to the edge of a small step so she stops and is careful. Ellie will adapt! good luck, close your eyes and feel how it is for her, she will adjust better than you might...

Ellie's Mom wrote:

I forgot to include my e-mail address. If anyone has any helpful advice for the home etc. Please feel free to contact me. As I stated earlier Ellie's seeing eye has problems as well and she gets xalatan drops everyday. This makes her pupil like a pinpoint and she really can't see with it until the pupil dilates some several hours later. She seems to do very well getting around but if there is any information those of you with blind dogs could contribute that was helpful that would be great! We have already planned for her blindness in that we put gates at stairways and we are having our in-ground pool filled in. We watch her when she's outside but I would rather be safe then sorry. She is one of our little girls and I just couldn't bare something happening to her due to our negligence or ignorance. Thank you all again and bless you for standing by your dogs! Shame on those who think a blind dog should just be put down, imagine if we did that to people? People can be so insensitive. Anyone who wants to chat about their special furry child, please e-mail me at MOM26K9@MSN.COM. THANK YOU!

Ellie's Mom - Tina wrote:

I just wanted to tell everyone here that this website has been a godsend! My little Ellie dog is having her eye removed tomorrow and it has been upsetting me for weeks. Seeing pictures post surgery has been extremely helpful. Ellie's lens detached in her eye over 2 years ago and surgery was done to remove the lens. The hope was that she would regain some vision, unfortunately due to the trauma of the surgery her retina detached and she became blind. She had not had any problems until a couple months ago and she started to get blood in her blind eye. We saw the specialist and she put her on ointment and such and said that if the eye kept filling with blood which raises her pressure one of the options would be to remove her eye. After painstakingly reviewing all of our options we have decided to have the eye removed. I know it's what's best for her but for some reason it the thought really bothered me, I can't even explain why? I kept questioning my decision. After seeing Daisy and Shalli and Annabelle and reading about them I now it's the right thing to do and she will feel much better. Unfortunately the lens in her other eye has shifted and will eventually detach as well and we will back down this road again. In that case these curageous pups have helped even more! Daisy and the crew seem to be happy, healthy and live wonderful lives. Thank you so much for your website and kiss all the dogs for me!!

Patch's Mom wrote:

Still reading through these and it is helping so much! Carol and the 3 amigo's, I love it! You made me laugh out loud and you are so right. People who can't relate and don't understand me and how beautiful my Patch still is aren't real friends.

Patch's Mom wrote:

I am so happy to have found this site. No one seems to understand what torment this has been. My almost 9 yr. old cocker mix, Patch lost one eye to glaucoma and last week the other. I have been worried sick and it is heartbreaking to watch her get around. Every day i see a little improvement but i have to work 2 jobs and can't give her the time i would like to. Any suggestions? I take her out as often as i can, close my eyes when i lose patience to realize what she is going through. Good luck to all of you going through this! We will make it for them.

julles wrote:

My dog needs cataracts surgery in Idaho. The vet has quoted $2000.00 per eye. I can't affort this. Any sugestions as to what to do. Or surgons in the surounding states who can help. Please e-mail me at jullesk@msn.com

Chris wrote:

My 12 year old cocker, Marley, has a cataract in left eye and acute glaucoma in the right. She has had laser surgery and been in the hospital off and on for three weeks with spiking pressures. Today, she had her eye removed. She is fully blind in the other. I am picking her up tomorrow and am scared...I want her to be free of pain. She is wearing a pain patch. I am so grateful to have found this website. My goal is to help her to live a happy life and this information is helping me feel more confident to do just that. Her opthamologist is wonderful and even though he could not save her vision, I feel secure knowing that I have done the right thing. I know it will be tough but she has good years to live and I have all the love to give her. My thoughts and prayers are with anyone in a similar situation.

Patty wrote:

I have a 12 1/2 yr old shih tzu named Bootsy. The vet has told us that her eyes are in such bad shape and that they both need to come out. I have been able to control the pressure with Trusopt but the eyes have deteriorated so bad that the vet feels they are causing her pain. The reason I am not sure what to do is because she has had alot of health problems in the last 5 yrs or so. It started with a disease which I can not remember the exact name of it. Basically her immune system killed off all of her white blood cells. She almost died. She spent a week at the vet and had to go through blood transfusions. After that she was on prednisone for a very long time. She has had other little things done, like teeth removed. She had kidney stones very badly. She is now on a special prescription diet for that. Then she got diabetes. She went blind within 2 weeks. So I must give her shots twice a day. This is hard with Bootsy because she eats when she feels like it, not when I need her to so that I may give her the insulin. This is a constant battle with her. She has also developed a cough. Xrays were taken and everything looks clear. From what I have read on the internet, it sounds like she has heart disease. So now we come to the point where I need to decide if I should have her eyes removed or if this might be the time to have her put down. If anyone has any comments or opinions, I would love any information that I can get at this point. The vet tells me that I am damned if I do and damned if I don't.

Julie wrote:

If someone could pleasse tell me where to go for info on guinea pig eye remove,. blindness glacoma Im so confused i dont know what to do

Stacy D. wrote:

My 6 month old German Shepard, Zoey, had surgery today to remove her left eye. It was damaged by a food dish. I am happy see that there are so many pets out there that are happy and healthy even without sight.

Sara Jane wrote:

Cocker Spaniel Sara Jane has had both eyes removed in the last year and is an inspiration to myself and family. She developed severe cateracts and glacoma and was in pain. After having both eyes removed she is doing remarkably well and is still very active. I truly hope anyone that reads this will consider all options of available to them before having their pets put to sleep. Just because an animal has a disability does not necessarily mean their lives are not worth saving. If anyone has any comments or helpful advice on anything I could do to help Sara Jane please E-Mail us at GTSTANGER97@AOL.COM

Morgan wrote:

I have just recently found out that my dog (Copper, a 5 yr.old mutt) has Glaucoma. Copper is an outside dog and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with raising a outside dog that is blind. My family and I are dealing with the question of whether we should extract the eyes or put her to sleep. If anyone could give me some advice on how to deal with a blind outside dog..I would be most grateful..Please email me at mexgirl316@aol.com as soon as possible! Thanks

cynallee@hotmail .com wrote:

My 11year old Rottie K2 just went blind 4months ago and I am ok with this. I never really found out how he became bllind I felt as if God did not want me to question it, but to love the inner spirit not the ey ailment. That is what I am doing. What the heck is an eye removal is it painful? Is is necessary please email let me know

J-me wrote:

I have a 14 week old pug puppy that had her eye damaged while playing with my other dog. An ulcer developed, we treated it for about a month to no avail. Today she is having her eye sewn shut with hopes that we will not have to remove the eye totally. Due to the fact Abby is a pug she is prone to eye difficulties because they stick so far out from her head so something occuring to the other eye is a continus threat. Any advice on protection for the eye or helping her cope with just one. Thanks

Steve wrote:

Hi, we just had our 6 year old Cocker's eye's removed today. It has been so stressful trying to decide what to do. The expensive meds and vet visits decided for us, because we just want him with no more eye pain. I'm wondering how long he will be in pain from this surgery, even though they gave him a 5 day pain patch. He's so lethargic and seems in a lot of pain. I know it's from the major surgery, but just curious if we made the right decision or not. He had glaucoma, dry eye, and lens lux in both of the eyes. Thanks.

Susan wrote:

I have a cockapoo names Holly, she is a diabetic. Recently she developed a cataract which then turned to glucoma. The pressure in her eye became so high that meds didn't even work. So we had a choice to inject the eye so the eye would shrink, or remove eye and sew up or remove eye and have an implant installed. We went with the implant, what a difference in Holly, she must of been suffering with her eyes. Even though she is bind you could see that she is more comfortable and happier. The implant was the best way to go. I love my Holly!

KEEVA wrote:

Keeva and was adopted at 11 weeks after a very hard start to life. Her left eye was injured, we can only imagine how. After 2 months of drops to control the glaucoma, we are now faced with the decision of removing the eye. I have been encouraged to read comments about a dog's life with partial sight, but I am concerned about the process and how long the healing will take. We want to have the removal done to make her more comfortable, but it sounds like the surgury and recuperatinon is no walk in the park. Any guidance on how to make it easier on the dog and how long the recuperation is?

Missy wrote:

My dog, Gracie is 10 months old, and has had recent facial trauma. Her eye seemed to be healing, then it developed and ulcer. While trying to heal the ulcer, the eye started to shrink. Can any of you give me more information on the pro's and con's of eye removal and eye replacement? Thanks

Susan wrote:

Hi everyone, I adopted a shih tzu from a rescue home about a month ago. His eye was severely ulcerated and he was in great pain. He didn't have any choice but to have his eye removed. At first it was very upsetting and I made sure he had pain medication.I also did energy healing on him. He is much, much better now and his fur covers the eye area. Today the cataract in his other eye is worse and he cannot see much. With the help of everyone on these pages though,I know we'll have a good life together. If an animal is in pain, I would definitely recommend the removal of the eye.

lee and patrick wrote:

To Linda and Laraine: Our dog Buddy had an eye removed on 6/29 due to glaucoma. (His other eye is blind) He too was in a bunch of pain for several days but I am glad to report that as of today ( 7/4) he is feeling much better. He is 15 years old and I too wondered if I had done the right thing at first. I did not sleep for several days and I did my best to soothe him. I think our loving paid off because we are starting to see the old "Buddy" again and I am thrilled. Hang in there, I am sure Dakota will start to feel better soon.

linda and daughter Laraine wrote:

Our dog, Dakota, had his eyes removed last Friday (June 21)- He had glaugoma and was in pain/ So far (Wednesday), he is still swollen and seems miserable; also he won't open his eyes. Is this normal? The vet says yes, I just hope we didn't do more harm than good with this operation

edlockhart@earthlink.net wrote:

I live in western CO can you advise me where I can get a vet to put in implants for cataract replacement for our dog.

Elaine wrote:

Thanks for your response. Angel seemed to being doing so much better but had a relapse. The vet said her sight was completly gone in her right eye, so he performed Chem. ablation to make the eye smaller. He is still trying to save her left eye,so he did cyclocryotherapy, hoping to relieve the pressure. Even if it helps, there is still a chance her vision will not come back. It will be a few weeks before we know the results. I think our dog is handling it better than us.

Carol wrote:

Response to Elaine... when your vet says glaucoma surgery it doesn't necessarily mean eye removal. There are some things they can do to go in and relieve pressure... but from the limited knowledge I have of them, they are expensive and not always with good results. Often eye removal is required in the end, anyway. From my viewpoint, it seems kinder to the dog not to put them through unnecessary surgeries... but only you and your vet can decide what to do. Just ask for your options.

Carol wrote:

Another update on Spanky-- The eye drops did not bring the pressure down enough, so we added a pill, and later another eyedrop (so a pill and eyedrop twice a day and another eyedrop 3 times per day---what a challenge for dosage, and I'm a working lady with a 30-minute commute each way). He seems to be doing ok, and the doctor thinks we may be able to control it for up to a year--two if we're VERY lucky. We adopted another dog (a two year old) who will be a good seeing eye buddy for Spanky--as it is now, he's always in Spanky's face--LITERALLY!!! To top it off, Spanky suffers from occasional arthritis in his hind legs. I baby him a lot, and he loves the extra attention. I've also been working on him to prepare him for eventual blindness. Sometimes at night I'll turn out the light and play catch with him in the dark. I'm over the worst pain of it now; the first few weeks were the worst, and it wasn't til we got him another companion (after losing his brother) that I finally started to heal.

Elaine wrote:

Hi- Just found this site. I am trying to get information because my dog, Angel, age 5, is under vet care since she lost her sight in both eyes 2 weeks ago. He believes she has secondary glaucoma caused by Uveitis. She is on 5 different drops and 2 pills. When he said if the medicine doesn't keep the pressure down and she would need glaucoma surgery - Does he mean eye removal?

Heather wrote:

Hi Carole - I haven't had time to scroll down this page and read everyone's comments, but I can tell you our [not so optimistic] story. St. Bernard mix (although never really sure) that we adopted from the pound. She is only 9 months old. 3 months after we got her, she had a "glaucoma attack" which rendered her blind in the right eye (she was blind by the time she got to the vet). Our vet who is an animal eye specialist diagnosed the other eye with glaucoma as well - hereditary. We had to surgically remove the blind eye (putting in a prosthetic) to stop the pain. Even though she was blind in the right eye, she still had the condition. While she was in surgery, we opted to have laser surgery done on her "good" eye to delay any possible effects of glaucoma there. We also treated her with several medications to control the pressure (trusopt, xalatan, and later timolol). Unfortunately, despite our efforts, she had a glaucoma attack in her "good" eye only 2 weeks after the laser surgery. We were able to restore her vision using xalatan & glycerin as an emergency treatment to reduce pressure... but eventually, as expected, these medications ceased to have any effect on the eye. She finally had an attack that rendered her blind in that eye as well. We are now 1 week into her blindness & discussing the next surgery to remove the other eye (as the pressure is still painful for her). She is adapting slowly, but surely to the blindness. So - in conclusion... I may advise to accept that nature may take its course eventually despite all your love and efforts to reverse it. Glaucoma seems to be a stubborn disease, but the nature of its course tends to "ease" you and your dog into the mindset of accepting the blindness. She is still a wonderful dog! Best of luck with yours & may this condition hopefully fall into a remission of sorts. If Spanky winds up blind... well, she'll be happy anyway. I promise.

Carol wrote:

Update on Spanky--I took him in today, rather than waiting for Monday. He does have glaucoma (pressure readings were 33 and 24). We're starting him on eye drops (Trusopt). I take him back in a week to see if the pressure is coming down. Anyone out there who can give me some idea of how long blindness might be delayed if we're successful in bringing the pressure down?

Carol wrote:

Just a little over three weeks ago, one of our 11 year old Cairn terriers was diagnosed with pigmentary glaucoma. It is a genetic disease apparently found almost exclusively to Cairns; the glaucoma is actually secondary to clusters of cancerous tumors in the eye). His left eye was removed, and we were geared to help him adjust to that, then just a week later his other eye got bad overnight. He had already been through 2 other surgeries in less than a year (tooth removal last summer and injuries from a dog attack in November). This would have been surgery #4 and just a week after his eye removal. I decided to have him put down--aside from the issue of the recent surgery, Murphy's personality was such that I did not believe he would deal with blindness well--he was very sensitive, easily embarrassed and discouraged (i.e. when he was 3 years old, after falling short a couple of times trying to jump into the car, he gave up and would always sit and beg to be lifted in). It was a difficult decision to make, but I am dealing with that as best as I can. My immediate problem, though, is his brother Spanky, who is also his littermate--this morning Spanky was exhibiting several of the same symptoms Murphy had just before the eyes got really bad. I have an appointment with the vet on Monday (5 days). I am at step 6, but reading the messages gives me some hope--Spanky is otherwise very healthy, has always been active (whereas Murphy was a couch-potato). So the surgery would not be as traumatic on Spanky, and I'd probably go ahead and have both eyes done. He has a very happy-go-lucky personality, and I feel he would do ok. My big question, though is this: He is now alone, and since we both work, Spanky would be alone all day--is this a cruel thing to ask of him, as a blind dog??? If I were going to be home with him, I'd have no doubts.

Maureen and Honey wrote:

My Shih Tzu has been undergoing treatment for edema, uveitis, glaucoma and ulcers for several months now. I am currently giving him 22 eyedrops a day. While I hope that this will help for a while, I am refreshed to hear that other dog owners have found their pets to be happy and healthy after eye removal surgery, as this may be in our future. Thank you so much.

Joanne wrote:

My Boston Terrier had a silicon ball put in her eye. Even my vet couldn't tell it was false, until she looked at it. Originally, I didn't think sewing the eye shut would be too bad. After seeing her with the silicon ball, though, I think it would be more upsetting to see her looking as though she had a problem. Kelly has no problems with her false eye a year later.

Barbara M. wrote:

I have been reading some of the stories about the dogs with Glaucoma. I too have a 9 year old Basset Hound, Britney, who is suffering from Glaucoma. She was scheduled to have her left eye removed today Jan. 22, 2002, but I canceled because I was wanting to know about Sylicone Balls. They are put in the eye socket to make the eye area look better. I am waiting to here from my Vet. If anyone has used this please write in. I would like to here any comments. Well, Britney has been having eye swellings on and off her about 4 years. Then one day about 5 months ago her eye turned blue and was swollen badly. That is when I was told she has lost that eye and it would have to be removed. I guess I just did not want to beleive my baby would have to go through that. Well she seems to have adjusted to being only able to see with one eye, but is still in pain. So I am going to have her eye removed. I only pray the other eye does not get Glaucoma. But reading your stories makes me believe that she will. Well keep Britney in your prayers.

Dawn wrote:

I have an American Cocker Spaniel, named Riley. A couple weeks ago he suddenly had an "irritated" eye. He has allergies, so I assumed that is what it was. I flushed his eye, just like I would with his allery flare ups. It seemed to improve. After several days of no clear discharge BOOM his eye was bulged out, red, with a grayish film and a green discharge. I thought maybe a scratch that had got infected and called the vet. 2 hours later in the vets office I was told he had Glaucoma and his eye needed to be removed. He goes on Friday and I am very worried. I feel so bad for him, I know he is in pain. The vet game me medication to eleviate some pain and pressure and it seems to be helping, but nevertheless, I worry. I know he will feel better with the pain gone and i will do whatever it takes for him to be well. I am worried about his age. He is 11 in very good health, other than the eye. Will he have many problems adjusting at all? Is there anything I can do to help him? My other concern is it showing up in his other eye. Do they give a preventative medicine for that?

Veronica wrote:

Taffy, our eight year old American Cocker, just went through both eye removal due to glaucoma (eneuclication - I'm not sure about the spelling either). A month and half ago, her right eye, pretty much overnight, turned to a bluish gray colour. The vet tested both eyes and determined that the sight in the right eye was gone. He prescribed medication in an attempt to help save the left eye and alleviate the pain from her right eye. However, last week, again overnight, the left eye went too. I did a lot of surfing on the net to get as much information as I could about glacoma and the prognosis. I did not see much hope for saving the left eye so I opted for both eyes removal. It has now been a week since surgery and much to our delight we have old Taffy back. She has already made such wonderful progress. She is a happy dog again free of pain and her non-stop, tail-wagging has returned. She is a determined dog as she already knows her way around, bumping into very little. It took only a couple of walks for her to trust me to lead her around and just the other night, we were jogging together in the park. It seems she prefers a grassy meadow than cement. The words "up" and "down" have become predominant words in my vocabulary. I believe we made the right decision -- trying the save the other eye, I think, was not an option given the speed at which she lost the first eye. Taffy has always been a well-loved member of our family and we are very thankful for the support from our vet and from other blind dog owners who helped us make the right decision. I'm curious, is there a doggy cap with a brim that would take the knocks and not Taffy's head.

Pepe and Dave wrote:

Now this is what I have learnt by reading, remember Pepe and I are not experts. There are 4 options 1/ remove the eye, and sewn shut (enunciation, not sure about spelling) 2/ remove the eye and put a silicon ball in, and sew shut (still enunciation, not sure about spelling) 3/ Gentolin, not sure about spelling? injection, kills the eye but may stop loss of eye 4/ Contents of eye removed, and a ball put in to fill it out (evisceration, not sure about spelling) Now if a dog had a choice, I'm sure the order of preference would be 1 2 4 3, a human preference would be 3 4 2 1, because of looks. Remember, Gentolin does not always work, and with options 3 to 4 the eye is still there to be damaged still. If you can get used to it, number 1 is the best option. I think you ought to force yourself to look at the pictures, not that Pepe is facing this, but I have got used to it, and now would go for this option myself. Remember, with or without eyes, your dog will still be your dog, but without pain (that applies to all 4 options).

phyllis wrote:

My golden Duffer had his eyes removed last week due to glaucoma. I'm so proud of him! He seems to be getting his energy back & seems to be in less pain now. He even runs a bit off leash in a safe field, & can find me by smell with little difficulty. Of course I realize our days of carefree off leash hikes will be over but at least we seem to be able to do most everything. He seems to be adjusting well & once the e-colar comes off late this week I bet we'll see an even better recovery. The one eye is still kind of bulging & green with occasional discharge, but overall they look pretty good. I'm not sure about any stitches to be removed, I go in this friday for his checkback. We got him a treat ball to play with that makes noise & has a place for treats & he's figuring that out quick! I look forward to nicer weather so we can go "map out" the yard together. I've used scent marking with scented oils for him but can't really tell if it's helping yet. He sniffed his way around the house before I started using it so I don't see much change.Overall he's doing great!

Ann wrote:

I just had Coqui's eye removed last week. She is a 13 year old shih-tzu who had glaucoma. She's doing great. But is bleeding a little from the nose. The vet did see her yet it really makes me nervous. Reading this page has helped me and has justified what the vet told me about tear duct discharge.

Dave and Pepe wrote:

I suspect Buffy is missing the company of her half-sister. We have our moments too, Bruce likes to think he is the boss, but push Pepe too far and Bruce will back down (because Pepe will not). I think you need to establish with them both that YOU are #1, and get them together with you supervising, always letting them know there is no point over fighting for #1 position, that is YOU. I'm sure Buffy will return to her old self, a little time will show that. Holding a grudge is not in the nature of dogs. Love from us all here.

Lisa and Buffy wrote:

On Christmas Day, Buffy got into a fight with her half-sister, and her left eye had to be removed. I've been looking and looking for information on how I can help her make the transition. This is the first site that even mentions dogs losing an eye. I would love to learn more about how to help Buffy in the transition and keep her safe as she heals, and beyond. I'm still not sure what to do about her sister. Of course, they are totally separated now. Buffy has been an incredible strength for ME -- I'm more worried about her than she is. And, she is still Buffy, if you know what I mean. I do notice she's not very hungry and she is sleeping a lot. Sometimes, she doesn't react when I ask her if she wants to go "walkies," which used to be the hightlight of her day. Any suggestions would be so appreciated. Thanks!

Pam & the Three Amigos wrote:

Once the swelling goes down and the fur starts growing again you will soon get used to the new look. I think it really helps that your dog is so much happier too, out of pain.
Daisy still looks into my eyes, honestly sometimes the love is so intense I have to pinch myself to remember she has no eyes (the lids are stitched shut too) but you can still really feel it.
Next mission, and very good for you too, is to get everyone else used to the new look. I was going to keep Daisy hidden from neighbours/friends eyes until everything had healed but she had other ideas and wanted to go out walking straight away. I put a doggie cap on her to keep the sun off the shaved face and stitches and we strutted our stuff. Most people we met were fantastic, made a big fuss of Daisy and made us both feel a heap better. A few morons we met that made derogatory remarks, I still don't talk them (and its now almost 2 years), they aren't dog lovers and I don't need to know them:):)

BEA wrote:

I'm not advocating one surgery over another, just sharing what I've learned!

1. The prosthesis surgery takes longer -- so may not be a good option for dogs with other health problems that would make a long bout of anesthesia inadvisable.
2. With eye removal, the tear duct is no longer exposed to the outside. However, the tear duct does still drain through the nasal cavity. My vet told me some dogs may get a slight blood-tinged discharge from the nose a day or two after surgery. Some don't get any. My dog had a bit of watery, dark brown discharge (color of dried blood). It wasn't much, but I would have been worried if I didn't expect it.
3. Remember that your dog may experience tummy upset for a few days after surgery, from the anesthetic. I used the following diet for my bouvier the day he came home plus 3 days after surgery. It is very easy on the tummy:

4 parts cooked white rice
3 parts cooked ground beef (fat drained)
2 parts pure canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 part chicken broth
Mix together and feed small amounts 3-4 times a day. Another tip: ice cubes are a good way to get fluid back into your dog without the worry of overdoing it on the day you bring them home. My bouv found sucking on them/licking them very soothing. Do provide fresh water as well.

Barbara E. Anderson wrote:

Several people have mentioned how ghastly the poor darlings look right after surgery. I tried to prepare myself, but it's a hard sight to take. They shaved about a 2 1/2 to 3 inch circle around the eye, including eyelid. Luckily, they left Wy's beautiful bouvier eyebrow. Still, the eye is very swollen and there is a slight bit of discharge around the stitches. The outer stitches will come out in two weeks. A couple things I learned that people facing an eye removal might find helpful: My vet inserted a silicone ball, then did stitches internally to form a "webbing" that will hold the ball in place. Then, the eyelid's internal skin is stitched. Finally, the outer skin is stitched. These are the ones that will come out. Also, my vet said that while the tear duct is no longer exposed, the interior structure remains, which extends into the nasal cavity. He said there may be a small amount of blood-tinged discharge from the nose the first couple days, due to drainage from the surgery site. Boy am I glad he warned me about this -- I would have FREAKED. The swelling should go down significantly in the next few days, and luckily, bouvier hair grows fast. Even though Wy is in some pain and still dopey from the anesthesia, he's ok and I know this will end the suffering that eye has been causing him. BEA & Wyatt

Jayme aka CritterMom wrote:

Amber says, "Eye? What eye? I'm feelin' no pain."I say that my girl was in pain and I wanted the problem gone. She's beautiful no matter what.

Axel of Hug-Me wrote:

I lost my sight when I damaged my eyes by smashing into the furniture face first. I lost my left eye because it "died". I feel great now-no pain/ache. It will be 1 year in May 2000.I go to dog shows, as a veteran, to show people there is life without sight or an eye.

Dillan Doyle (again) wrote:

Hi again. Sorry to but in with yet another comment but I wanted to tell you about my eye removal. When I was a little pup and was adopted to live with the Doyle family, I had one normal eye and one that couldn't be seen (although I am assured that it was in there somewhere). When I was 6 months old, I went to the vet and all in all, everthing that I owned that was vaguley spherical was removed in one fell swoop. Oh, they did leave my good eye for prosperity though. The only problem I have encountered as a one-eyed dog is that when I was tiny, I couldn't judge distance very well, but as I got older, this problem resolved itself. The other problem was that once, my Mum gave me half a marshmellow and it got stuck on the side of my nose (on my blind side) so I could smell it, but not see it. Mum thought this was hysterical but I was humiliated.

Dave wrote:

Pepe has a small risk of having his eyes removed, but I would not hesitate if the caused him pain.