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My poor lad has just been diagnosed with uveitis. Has anybody have experience of this?

My poor lad woke up yesterday with his eye half shut and really red so we rushed him to the vet who in turn advised us to see an eye specialist. Thankfully they saw him straight away and diagnosed Uveitis - it could be a knock (head trauma) or a more serious underlying condition like cancer. I've been looking at threads on the net and it can lead to blindness which has terrified me. We have been given painkiller eye drops as uveitis can cause a lot pf pain and result in loss of apetite, fatigue and not wanting to play (no sign of that though - he is his normal bouncy self!) and also some eye drops but I'm finding it very difficult to get the drops into his eye! Any tips on how to keep him that still? I've tried food but it's very hit and miss in terms of success
 

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Yes, it is usually very painful, (It can in fact have many causes so what is true in some cases may not be in all.) There is a possibility of a cataract forming and a very real danger of Glaucoma. For that reason, watch out for any changes in his condition, extra pain, pop eyed appearance or more bloodshot than normal (it's probably quite bloodshot anyway, so change is the important thing.) Can you tell me what eye drops you are using please?

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Thanks for the info John.

He has been prescribed Mydriacyl and Pred Forte. His eye has improved dramatically since yesterday and is nearly back to normal. We have also found a way of keeping him still now.........small bits of ice lollies!!!
 

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Interesting. Mydriacyl is used to dilate the pupil when a person is undergoing an eye examination. Uveitis causes the pupil to close down so the Mydriacyl will counter that. Pred Forte is actually Prednisolone which is particularly useful as a pain killer for eye problems. :)

As I said, keep a close eye on things. If Glaucoma happens, provided it is caught quickly the sight can be saved. Prof. Peter Bedford perfected a techneque for fitting a drain into the eye to relieve the pressure. Tony Reid brought out another procedure, cutting a microscopic hole in the eye using a laser to lower the pressure. Left too late and the usual treatment for Glaucoma is to remove the eye. This happened to a friend's flatcoat some years back before the ops were perfected.

I've got to say, the chances are this will never happen so really, this is just a "Be aware."

Regards, John
 

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well the Mydriacyl seems to be working well. His pupil in his bad eye is now bigger than his so called good eye at times so I might have to ring the vet tomorrow to see if I should limit the number of drops I'm putting in! I'm keeping a close eye (excuse the pun) on him and so far so good.

Barksdale keeps on going. He still wants to run around in the rain and is his normal happy self thank goodness. If he is in any pain then he is a brave lad.


Thanks again,
 

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just to give you guys an update...... we went back to the specialist and he couldn't tell the difference between his bad eye and his good eye so we have been asked to scale down the eye drops! It is something that can come back but I'm so pleased our boy made such a quick recovery.
 

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Glad to hear things are going well, but as a word of warning, keep a close eye on things because the Glaucoma risk has not gone away. Hopefully and likely it will never happen, but be aware. Remember, forewarned is forearmed. :)

Regards, John
 
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