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I picked up a new foster boy yesterday from the farm. He's only 1 1/2 years old and he's obviously blind in one eye. The entire orb is one color; there is no iris or pupil or white.. just a greyish color. The orb looks like it protrudes a bit from the opening. There are lumps.. almost blister-like on the orb.

 

The other eye looks like a cataract of some type and at the top of the orb, the brown color of the iris is distorted and almost looks like it's melting into the white area.

 

He's VERY shy, although I did get him to wag his tail a little bit just now by baby talking to him. I'm scared to take a picture of his eyes in case they're sensitiv to light. I don't want to scare him.

 

I know he can see out of one the one good eye.. I'm praying we can keep it that way. I also hope he can keep the other eye and not have it removed byt I'm not holding my breath.

 

His foster mom is going to be taking him to see an opthalmic specialist first thing next week.

 

Has anyone ever seen or heard anything like this?

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Guest guinness_the_greyt

Without seeing it... it sounds like he is blind in one eye and has pannus in the other. Dr Yochum should give you all the meds to deal with it if it is.

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Yes untreated pannus causes blindness... Pannus can happen at any age. :sad1 Its an auto immune disease... Pls have this hound screened for Valley Fever.

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For what it's worth, we had an English Setter who lost an eye, and he was totally fine, and trust me, he looked a lot better with his little sewn up eye socket than he did when the vet was trying to save the eye.

 

Poor pooch! I hope it works out OK.


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Please make sure you take him to a veterinary ophthalmologist. Specialists can often diagnose things that ordinary (even grey-savvy) vets can miss.

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I have a hard time believing his issues are due to Pannus. However, with that being said, it isn't impossible...just unlikely at such a young age. Pls update when you can....hope the other eye can be treated and salvaged. :goodluck

 

 

 

 

BTW, here is a pic of Koda's pannus:

 

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I've never seen a sever case of pannus to even know if what you are describing is similar. Definitely, definitely have the boy seen by a veterinary opthamalogist. We had to start at our regular vet for Scout's eye and get a referral. She has one completely opaque/milky greyish white eye. Turns out the eye chamber behind it is completely collapsed = no vision at all, most likely due to a physical trauma or injury. Her other eye is just fine though. The white covering of her eye is most likely just her body's response to the trauma. (and she did race with vision in only one eye!)

 

eta: I don't have a close shot of it, but up close it looks like a film that covers her eye...thicker in some parts (more white in appearance) and thinner in others (more of a greyish appearance). The "film" is a bit bumpy looking and does some tiny veins/arteries in it.

 

Sometimes I forget that she's "differently visioned" (she doesn't consider herself handicapped :P ) and I'm caught off guard by people's reaction to her. Of course, I remember the first time I saw her at the racing kennel, I turned to the trainer and said "WTH is wrong with that dog?!" Little did I know that several months later she would be MY dog :wub:

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He saw the vet today with hopes of his neuter/dental. The vet said it's most likely NOT pannus and the blister-like bump is probably scar tissue. She said something about uveitis and that the scaring may be self inflicted, but the orb is bigger that the 'good' eye. She did get a pupil reaction to light in both eyes though, so maybe he can see shadows with the bad eye. He'll see the ophthalmologist either Friday or Monday and once we figure out what's going on then he can have his surgeries and if he needs the eye removed, we'll do it then. I'll update when we know more. He's so sweet it breaks my heart.. I know a super shy dog doesn't stand much of a chance if he goes completely blind, so please keep in in your prayers.

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I have a girl with severe pannus and it looks jsut like you described. Steriod injections can help a lot it cleared midnights eye to about 15 %. See an eye specialist. Good Luck, Lesley

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The vet said she doubt pannus could do that much damage in so little time.. He's only 20 months old.

 

Who's the vet? Is your group using Dr Katie again?

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Sending prayers for this sweet shy boy. :hope The shy ones are such a special gift.

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Update..

I got this email today

 

"Frankie's right eye, the "good eye" does indeed have some damage - most likely a combination of congenital defects (mostly) and possible external trauma. He does however have some vision with this eye - vision that should remain stable for a good long time! - more on that in a minute...

 

His left eye is enlarged from Glaucoma and the recommendation is to remove that eye within the next month...otherwise it continues to draw from the blood supply within the body which is a waste of energy and healthy blood cells. This will also improve Frankie's comfort level and remove any pressure/pain from that area. The tissue from that eye would then be sent to pathology for analysis - Dr. Barrett feels there may be important information to be gained from it, which could be of help in maintaining the health of and vision in the right eye. In the meantime Frankie has NeoPolyDex drops which "Mama Anne" will apply once daily. "

 

The surgery will cost between $1250 and $1600 if we do it at the eye clinic.. but we'll probably go through our regular vet. We're waiting for a quote for that.

 

 

 

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Oh no :( Though, if the eye is causing him pain, then it is best it come out. Sending best wishes to him for a successful surgery. Keep us posted!

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