Rita had the best eye checkup she’s had since she was first diagnosed with glaucoma. She’s totally blind and always will be. As of now, there’s nothing that can fix her vision. I keep hoping and there were some reports of some progress in restoring human vision but I’m not sure we’ll ever see it in time to help Rita.
We’ve seen several vets and each one seems to tell us something different so what I’m repeating here may not be the same thing some of you have been told but the vet today told us that the pressure is supposed to be less than 20 . . ideally less than 16. I think it’s been about two years we’ve been dealing with Rita’s glaucoma. When we first took her to the specialist in Austin, the pressure in each eye was near 100, maybe a bit over 100. Rita has responded quite well to the drops prescribed for her.
In fact, the pressure in her right eye was staying too low and the vet in Abilene (the closest one to us that has the tools to check her pressure) told us to start putting drops in the right eye only twice a day instead of three times a day. The pressure was still too low so on our last visit, she told us to stop using drops in the right eye. With the trips to Missouri and Louisiana, we just haven’t been back over to Abilene to the vet since early December so I was anxious to hear what her readings were. The vet was so happy! The pressure in her right eye, with no drops for three months, was 6. That’s so great. The pressure in her left eye, with drops three times a day, was 14 and that’s super great because that eye has been the problem eye.
So long as we can keep the pressure down and the eyes look healthy, the vet said there’s no reason to talk about removing her eyes. I’ve just melted into a puddle of tears every time they’ve talked about removing her eyes but now, I’ve accepted that she sees nothing and she’ll never see anything so if we HAVE to remove them, I’ll probably cry but I’ll be ok doing it. I can hope it never comes to that but chances are . . some day it will. Thankfully, today was an encouraging report.
On the way home, she snuggled up against Vince and slept like a baby all the way home.
So glad to hear the GREAT news!!
You go Rita!!!!! Great news! Happy prance! So happy for all.
Paula Hidalgo says
Great news, just look at that precious girl!! So sweet.
Nelle Coursey says
Wonderful news!! She loves you both and knows you are doing the best things for her.
That’s wonderful! It’s so good to hear some happy news!
LK Smith says
We had a dog with glaucoma who had to have an eye removed. Not to alarm you, but the specialist here in Houston had a very difficult time controlling bleeding after the surgery, and we came near losing our dog. When something had to be done with the remaining eye, they simply injected it with botox and left the eye in the socket. If this ever happens to us again, we will ask if botox is an option. I don’t know why it was not an option with the eye that was removed. I am very happy to hear you have been able to control Rita’s pressure.
Fabulous news! I’m so happy to hear that the numbers are so low.