Joined: 20 Jul 2005
Location: Athens, TX
|Posted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:24 pm Post subject: Pip's Eyes
|Our beloved Pip is a Pit Bull mix. She has (had) glaucoma that resulted in complete blindness about 2 years ago. She adapted to the blindness quite well, and can even maneuver through the woods on her own to have her morning "movement". Otherwise, she lives in the house with us and apparently loves it. She retrieves her toys from her basket and plays with them. She even stimulates herself by tossing her toys into the air and then searches them out. She is a very content and gentle dog.
In simple terms, glaucoma causes an increased pressure in the eyes. As is often the case, the medications that were designed to keep the pressure in her eyes under control were starting to fail to keep her comfortable. To eliminate her pain, today, Pip had a complete enucleation (surgical removal of her eyes). She is doing quite well just 4 hours post-op. The stitches will be removed in about 2 weeks.
I took a picture of her just to document the occasion, but I realized the picture may be misleading.
Even just four hours post-op, she's still a happy, content, dog. So, I shot this short video of her wagging her tail.
Click here for a YouTube video of pip wagging her tail