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Glaucoma - Onset, Diagnosis and Management
  • hanaluluhanalulu
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    We had a routine check up for Evie's glaucoma on March 17th and everything looked great. The vet even commented that she could tell we are very careful with administering Evie's eye drops because of how great her eye looked and how well it was doing.

    Sadly, Evie lost all eyesight on Saturday. We think that her pressure started to spike on Friday (unbeknownst to us...we didn't really see any symptoms of it) and by Saturday, her sight was gone. We took her in to the specialist on Saturday and the vet said she may gain some vision back but it's tough to say. As of today, she is still as blind as a bat and I don't believe her vision is going to return. While I know she will thrive eventually, it's been a really hard journey so far this week. We have blocked off the stairs and supervise/escort her everywhere. We're working on commands with her, which we started doing in the last two years, but it's apparent we didn't do enough. It's heartbreaking to see her when she gets confused, anxious, and scared. We've been using CBD oil to help with pain, keep pressure down and for anxiety.

    We will still have to get her other eye removed once the pressure (and pain) becomes uncontrollable through meds and that date may be moved up if she sustains any injuries to her eye. She's at great risk of eye injury now and we are working now to trim up all low hanging branches in our yard.

    We knew this day would come, but I was not prepared for this. It honestly took me by complete surprise at how quickly this happened. I'll report back as I know more and as we progress down this new path.
  • spacedogsspacedogs
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    I'm so sorry for what you're going through with Evie. There's a user here who mantains a Facebook group for his Shibas, one of which has lost both eyes to Glaucoma as well. If you're not familiar with it, https://www.facebook.com/CasperandOrenTheShibas
  • sunyatasunyata
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  • hanaluluhanalulu
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  • hanaluluhanalulu
    Posts: 195
    Before speaking with the vet yesterday, I made up my mind to have her eye removed. When I spoke with my vet, he agreed and we scheduled her eye removal for tomorrow. As it turns out, her eye pressure is not coming back down. I'm so grateful that I made this decision yesterday because it limits her time she has to be in pain. Bring on the healing!
  • LilikoiLilikoi
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