My 6 year old mini schnauzer had cataract surgery done. The decision was made when I came home one night to find her walking into walls and stationary items. I could tell she could see some shadows maybe but her vision was 90% gone and by day 5 she could not see a thing. Today is day 3 post surgery and other than being sleepy from the pain medication she is on, she seems to doing okay.
About the cataract surgery. Took her to the ophthalmologist who diagnosed a "mature cataract" and she had what he called cataract induced inflammation (uveitis). Because of what happened in the other eye (the cataract in that other eye caused her retina to detach which eventually lead to enucleation) he also suggested laser retinopexy (this is like stitching the retina to the wall).
I opted to have the cataract removed and also took to suggestion of having the laser retinopexy done because we already know she may be predisposed to having a weak retina, and one of the things that can happen after cataract surgery is retinal detachment.
I must admit I was not totally prepared for all the after care required after cataract surgery. On day she had the surgery (picked her up around 5pm) I had to administer 4 different eye drops at 2 hour intervals. For the next two weeks, it is 4 different eye drops every 6 hours and 1 ointment once a day plus 2 oral medications (the anti inflammatory med is once a day and pain killer is twice a day). The ophthalmologist wanted to see her for a recheck up the day after surgery and then 1 week following that. She has to wear the cone for at least 2 weeks, no jumping, no shaking (this one is hard to stop her from doing), and she is to be kept as quiet as possible (I have a Jack Russell and he doesn't quite understand why she can't play).
She is not out of the woods yet ...next 2 weeks is critical. I now have it down to a science how to administer her drops without it having to take time off work. First set is given at 6am, second set at 12 noon, 3rd set at 6pm, 4th set at 12 midnight.
She is now seeing much better ...not hitting walls ...but does have issues with seeing things up close I noticed (its like she severely short sighted). Not sure how far sighted she is either at this point, but all in all her vision is better than what it was before the surgery. I opted not to put in a lens so her vision will still be impaired but as long as she is not walking into walls or stationary objects I am a much happier mom....my wallet is not happy with me though
...ohhh what we do for our furry ones!