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Lens Luxation with Secondary Glaucoma

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Angel81, Oct 20, 2020.


  1. Angel81

    Angel81 PetForums Junior

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    I've posted a few times recently. Our dog only has one eye now. A month ago he started having issues again with his one remaining, he had ointment etc, didn't resolve the matter completely but it was seemingly getting a bit better. A referral to the specialist eye vet was going to get underway.

    Anyway Thursday night last week we went to bed, his eye was the same as it had been, he woke us up in the early hours and his eye was full of discharge again and totally cloudy and he couldn't see.

    Got him into his normal vet for an emergency appointment as soon as they opened. They couldn't do anything, said he might be blind. They phoned and referred him as an emergency to the specialist eye vet. They got us in that afternoon, we have no transport so we had to get a taxi there and back. Long story short, the eye vet was very nice, she said he had Lens Luxation with Secondary Glaucoma. She said it was either try and push the lens back in or remove the eye, we said try to save it, she did anyway the lens went back in and the pressure dropped, it should have been 15-20 and his eye pressure on Friday was 98.

    Anyway she gave us drops to keep the pupil small said put them in 3 times a day, 8 hours spaced out. And it's been an awful weekend, three times we've woken up to his pupil being rather big, bigger than it should be and it was less than 8 hours between drops. And he's been constantly pawing at his eye, pressing it into the bed, the discharge has reduce, we phoned the eye vet on Saturday and told her all that, she said to monitor, she phoned us Sunday said much the same.

    Anyway he has another appointment at the eye vet this afternoon, the taxi is booked and I'm just hoping that she will tell us why he's either in discomfort or pain.

    Does anyone have experience with Lens Luxation? She said that it might be possible to go to 2 drops spaced 12 hours apart, but if his pupil is going bigger after only 8 I can't see that happening.

    I've read that it's possible to remove the lens, has anyone ever done this?

    We really don't want him to have to be blind for the rest of his life, he's only 4.

    Any advice would be really appreciated thanks. We're so stressed to the point of it making us ill.
     
  2. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    Not my dog, but someone from my agility club, had one with lens luxation and had both eyes removed at about 4 years. She does OK, lives happily and pain-free.
    Removing the lens sounds like a possibility, if you can find someone to do it. There would at least be perception of light and darkness, movement and out-of-focus shapes. Don't know where you are, but another friend (also from agility club) had his dog's retina re-attached at a specialist on the south coast, could have been Southampton.
     
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  3. Angel81

    Angel81 PetForums Junior

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    Thank you for your reply. It's really nice to know that dogs can live happily without sight. I guess that I'm just thinking of it as if a human lost their sight and were suddenly living in the dark.

    Well we took our dog back down to the eye specialist vet on Tuesday (we're in Blackpool and the specialist we go to is in Runcorn) she said that the eye was looking okay, still a bit red and he's still squinting a bit, having some discharge, so she's put him on another weeks course of antibiotic eye ointment again, hoping that it clears it up. She's upped his Xalatan to 4 drops per day as when he was on 3 every eight hours his pupil was getting a little too big on the 8 hour mark, so he's now having a drop every 6 hours. Really hoping that he can eventually go down to 2 drops per day / 12 hours.

    She said that she would be reluctant to remove the lens as afterwards they sometimes struggle to regulate the pressure and because he's had issues if that happened they might not be able to control it with medication, so she would prefer to stay with that where possible.

    He's not liking all these drops and his collar still being on. The vet said that we could remove it while supervised but I'm hesitant as he's still pawing at his eye and he has a sharp dewclaw, we ordered a nail grinder but I still don't want to risk him scratching his eye, though I know that he can't live forever in the cone.

    He does still have a cloudy bit on his eye and the eye vet said she would have thought that would have gone by now, so she's thinking that it could be damage from if the lens had been pressing on the front of the eye when it had popped out.
     
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