I took Billy, the blind Beagle who arrived last week, and little Wilbur to see our veterinary ophthalmologist, Dr. Sarah Hoy, in Burlington, Vermont yesterday. Billy was clearly in a lot of pain from his eyes -- we started him on pain medication that day he came -- and we needed to get a definitive diagnosis to figure out what was going on. In a word: glaucoma. His left eye, the most painful one, had a sky-high intraocular pressure reading of 67. Ouch. That's enough to make your head feel like it's going to split open. Interestingly, it didn't have that classic glaucoma look to it -- solid gray and bulging -- but glaucoma it was.
His right eye had a normal pressure, which most likely meant that eye had already gone through a complete glaucoma cycle and finally "burned out," which lowers the IOP back to normal. But the current pain in that eye was from a luxated, or dislodged, lens, which had come to rest against the cornea.
In the photo above, Dr. Hoy is using a slit-lamp to examine Billy's right eye while her vet tech Patty holds him still. Here's another view:
At this point, with two very painful blind eyes, the only thing to do was enucleation, i.e., remove them. So Dr. Hoy took Billy into surgery first thing this morning. She called mid-morning to say he had come through the operation in great shape. We will pick him up tomorrow.
Everyone there fell in love with both Billy and Wilbur, though Billy in particular was a cuddlebug.
I'll post photos and an update on Wilbur's eye exam for Monday. In the meantime, Billy will be pain-free for the first time in perhaps years. And that will make for a very happy boy.
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