Eroded Cornea in Dog Eye
by Greg Kurtyka
This is on 6/9/12
Our 2 yr. old, 50 lb., English Bulldog was "dog sitted" for a week while we did home renovations. Before she left, her right eye was tearing up a little. When she came back, her eyeball looked terrible, and she couldn't keep it open for more than 2 seconds. She went straight to the Vet. He was not her usual experienced Vet, but I still followed his advice.
He said her cornea was eroded and the blood behind it was from blood vessels that were trying to repair the damage. Her eyes are normally solid black. Unless she rolls them far to the side, you cannot see any white. The Vet prescribed Tripple opthamalic ointment, 2 to 4 times a day. Her tear production was normal in that eye, but a little low in the other. He also prescribed Cephalexin 500mg 2x/day for 14 days for a hot spot developing on her neck.
One week later at the follow up the same Vet said that the flouricine (sp?) dye and blue colored light he used showed that she still has an abrasion and he expected "more progress". She was able to keep her eye fully open and does blink when a finger approaches that eye with the other eye covered. He gave more tripple antibiotic and said we should consider a Ophthalmologist specialist.
Two days later, her eye shows "slight" improvement to me. The dimple in the center is a little less porominent and the red coloring behind the cornea is a little less.
My question to you is: Does this look threatening enough to her eyeball to spend $300-$400 on a specialist, and is the treatment so far sound appropriate? Will it get better if we stay this same course, or should we seek different council?
Attached is a picture of what it looks like today. 10 days since her first Vet visit.
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