Treating Pet Eye Disease and Injury
Posted January 05, 2018
The thought of removing a pet’s eye
can be scary, but in some cases, eye removal is necessary to
improve the pet’s quality of life. Dr. Lucien Vallone, a clinical
assistant professor in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how eye removal can
“Veterinarians and veterinary ophthalmologists perform an eye
removal when an eye has become both painful and blinded by a
disease that is unresponsive to medical therapy,” Vallone said.
“The most common cause of this in dogs and cats is from a disease
called glaucoma, which creates high pressure in the eye. Eye
removal is also performed when an aggressive or malignant tumor
invades the eye or nearby structures.”
Having just one or no eyes may seem unpleasant, but most pets
that have had one or both eyes removed experience a dramatic
increase in their quality of life.
“Most animals are experiencing chronic pain prior to eye
removal, so most will respond postoperatively by displaying more
energy and playfulness,” Vallone said. “Every animal is different,
but most dogs and cats who have had one eye removed are
behaviorally indistinguishable from their two-eyed peers.”
Following a surgery to remove the eye, pet owners can expect to
see some bruising and swelling over the surgical site for three to
five days, Vallone said.
Additionally, the pet may have some pain following surgery,
which should subside within two to three days. Pets that have
had one or both eyes removed will appear as if they are squinting
or winking. The skin is closed permanently over the area in
which the eye was removed, and fur typically grows back over the
area within three to four weeks after surgery, Vallone said.
In cases where eye removal is necessary, removing a pet’s eye
can be beneficial and even lifesaving. Even when a pet is missing
one or both eyes, they can still live a normal, happy life.
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