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Old 05-22-2011, 02:17 PM
Location: East Valley, AZ
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I noticed his right eye turning white/grey a few weeks ago. I immediately took him to the vet, but the vet said he was just getting older, and since he didn't see swelling or bleeding in/around the eye, I shouldn't be worried. He gave me a referral to an eye specialist anyway, but told me I didn't need to go unless it got worse.

He's definitely getting worse. He can't play fetch anymore because he can't see the ball well enough, and he constantly runs into things and misjudges distances.

I'm going to go to another vet this week to get a second opinion. The eye specialist is going to be suuuuper expensive, but I'll take him if this second vet says I should.

I'm not really sure what to do...Beesley is my first dog, and according to the shelter I got him from, he should only be around 4 1/2 years old. I'm not ready to deal with this!
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Old 05-22-2011, 02:32 PM
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If I recall correctly, Mr. Beesley isn't very old, is he? I'd definitely get a second opinion if he's not elderly. If it's glaucoma, medication can stop the progression, but not reverse it.

Sometimes they do lose their sight in one eye. At first, they misjudge distances and run into things, but they eventually learn how to navigate better. Catching ball is another story, not something they can relearn. But they can live very happy, functioning lives with sight in one eye.
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Old 05-22-2011, 02:43 PM
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Wow, if he's that young, I'd definitely take him to the eye specialist. If it's glaucoma, eventually you'll need to have the eye removed, as it gets painful.

It sounds to me like your dog is developing a cataract. I'd see about having that corrected if your dog is actually that young, if it is a cataract. One of my dogs has a cataract in one eye, totally blind in that one. Another is developing one in the other eye, but he's 12 years old. Won't be putting him thru any surgical procedures at this point.

I had a foster who came to me with glaucoma. One eye was immediately removed, the other about 2 years later (by her adopters' vet).
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Old 05-22-2011, 04:00 PM
Location: El Paso, TX
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(((HUGS))), MA...I'm so sorry to hear this.
I'd definitely get a 2nd opinion and seek out a specialist for that...sending prayers this can be managed easily with some kind of medication or treatment. Hang in there, and give Beese an extra kiss from me and my furfaces.
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Old 05-22-2011, 06:55 PM
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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I saw eye specialist with both Jazz and with Phoenix I think out here in Ca the first exam was $180.00 but worth every penny of it as this doc knows her stuff. Some breeds do get cataracts at a young age but there are surgeries they can do yeah they are no doubt expensive. Due to glacoma and our being unable to get the pressue down Phoenix had an ablation done on her one eye and now there is no vision in that eye but the pressure is down so she is comfortable. She has been deaf since birth and had limited vision in both eyes so while she can see out of one eye it is far from perfect but she does fine. Dogs unlike us just get on with life and adjust. If I was you I would call and ask what the eye specialist charges for an exam then go from there as in the long run it might be cheaper then 2nd opinions and waiting. It is usually less expensive to take care of something in the earlier stages. Good luck!
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Old 05-22-2011, 06:56 PM
Location: 500 miles from home
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Awww. I hope you get poor Mr. Beasley all straightened out. I would agree with you; at his age, would probably take him to the eye specialist and go from there.
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:55 PM
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Healing thought are zooming your way for Mr Beasley (and for you too). Please let us know what the specialist says
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:32 PM
Location: West Coast of Florida
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So sorry to hear about Mr. Beesley. I would follow everyone else's advice for going to an eye specialist, since he is so young.
My 12 yr old is blind in one eye and losing sight in the other. You would be amazed at how well she has adapted.
Sending healing thoughts to Mr. Beesley....
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:36 PM
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Well, mono-vision can be accomodated, he is adjusting from binocular vision, so he will have problems with depth perception, distance judging, and contrast issues, ie- not sure if something is a dark spot or a hole, and problems with drop offs and steps.

Go to a specialist, it maybe something easy to fix.

Dogs adjust to being visually impaired, it is better than having a deaf dog.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:16 AM
Location: North Western NJ
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1: get a second opinion simply based on his age
if still nothign can be done...
2: try not to worry, animals adapt MUCH better than people to these kinds of disabilities...
itll take him a little while to readjust to the mono-vision as jaser said but he WILL adjust, though he may always have some issues wiht steps and stairs (try going down stairs with one eye closed)

if hes got good vision in his other eye, HONEST give him a couple weeks to readjust and youll barely notice the different.

if he looses eight in both eyes life gets a little quieter, but they can still adapt very well, as long as you dont go moving furniture on them.

i did want to disagree on the "better than having a deaf dog" comment though, ive worked with literally hundereds of blind and deaf dogs, and had both, and other than recal issues, dogs seem to adjust to being 100% deaf better than adjusting to being 100% blind, primarily because dogs pick u training via hand signals quicker than spoken signals so its actually EASIER to train a deaf dog lol
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