Vision Care For Our Four-Legged Friends

I remember to visit my optometrist for my annual eye exam. I wear sunglasses to protect my eyes from UV rays. I am careful not to get makeup or other irritants in my eye. It can be easy to remember to take care of our own eyes, but sometimes we forget that our four-legged friends can be in need of vision care too!

Carrie in Purple

Carrie D. is the Director of Documentation for Eyefinity/OfficeMate.

Recently, my cousin, Shari, was hiking with her dog, Riley the Weimaraner, outside of Denver, CO, when some low-hanging brush scratched Riley’s eye. Or perhaps Riley scratched her own eye without the help of the brush (she can be troublesome like that!). By the time Shari and Riley returned home from the hike, poor Riley’s eye was already irritated and looked hurt. Something appeared to be stuck or lodged in her cornea. After consulting a home vet emergency book, Shari flushed Riley’s eye really well, and when the foreign object still appeared to be stuck in Riley’s eye, she dampened a Q-tip and used it to try to carefully dislodge the object. Still, though, the object wouldn’t fall out of Riley’s eye.

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Riley wearing the "cone of shame"

After rushing to the pet care emergency room, the vet used a fluorescein dye stain to determine that Riley’s cornea was actually torn (he used the word “ulcer”), not pierced with a piece of backcountry brush. If the tear had been more significant, perhaps Riley would have had to visit a vet ophthalmologist, but, luckily, the ER vet as able to apply Vetropolycin antibacterial ointment directly onto Riley’s eye and send Shari home with the instructions to continue to apply the ointment on Riley’s eye three times a day for ten days.

After ten days, the vet will conduct another stain test to be sure that Riley’s eye is healing. In the meantime, Riley is bumping into walls and doors around the house wearing what Shari calls the “Cone of Shame.” Maybe when Riley is able to hike again, she’ll have to wear some doggie designer shades to protect her eyes!

3 Responses

  1. So what became of the object that appeared to be stuck in Riley’s eye? Any idea what the ER-Vet had to do to dislodge or remove it?

    • As it turned out, Riley had torn his cornea (ouch!) and did not have anything stuck in his eye. The vet didn’t have to dislodge any foreign objects from Riley’s eye, but he did have to prescribe a daily antibacterial ointment for Riley’s eye. After Shari applied the ointment for the prescribed period, Riley’s eye healed and he no longer had to wear the “Cone of Shame.”

  2. AWWW! looks like Riley may need some Doggles… Besides the benefits of UV and general eye protection, what’s cuter than a dog in glasses? http://www.doggles.com

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