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Rene Besler wrote:

Our 3/4 shitzo 1/4 poodle 5 years old has been diagnosed with glucoma in both eyes/ how long will drops help contol this for ? Her pressres our 13 and 14.

Sad Pet Owner wrote:

I am a college with a 5 year old dog, who has been my best friend for a long time and we've been through many tough times. Just last week, i noticed redness in one of her eyes, and made a vet appt. for today. After the vet looked her over, he told me that she had glaucoma in that eye, and that i needed to start thinking about how much i could spend on her treatment. He put her on two kinds of drops, and an oral pill to make her urinate more often. Then he told me that if this wasn't successful in a weeks time, that she probably would lose sight in that eye and possibly the other in time. Right now, i'm sitting at home, trying to figure out a way to pay for her to have the best treatment possible, and i just don't know what to do. I'm not asking for money, I'm asking for prayers. Please, pray for my dog Princess, and pray for me to have the strength to help her through this like she's helped me get through all her problems. Thank you all.

Linda wrote:

Hi Justin, What Mandy stated about no cure is correct, but eye drops do work! Angel has been on both “xalatan” and “trusopt” for close to 3 years without the pressure going above 13%. My vet hospital has stated that now they do have an operation (like in humans) that can prevent the loss of the eye. So check around at your local vet hospitals and see what they say. If the pressure does advance – the only relief of the pain (which is like a MAJOR migraine headache) is the eye removal. They can insert a paratactic eye so no one can see your babies problem. It moves just like the normal eye. Linda

Mandy wrote:

Sorry Justin, there isn't one as far as I am aware. Eye drops can make a major difference in reducing the pressure short term and prolonging the journey to blindness but it doesn't prevent it.

Raine in CA wrote:

My dog's enucleation (eye removeal) was rather cheap I'm told, only $465 for everything, so shop around. It seems that a regular run-of-the-mill vet is cheaper and just as good as a specialist for this procedure.

Justin Dunevant wrote:

What is the cure to Glaucoma?

Fred wrote:

My miniature poodle "Fluffy" is seven and is completely blind in his left eye and can only see shadows out of his right eye due to cataracts. I was told surgery would correct his problem but due to the cost I cannot afford it. I have had three heart attacks and open heart surgery and they live on a very fixed income. Fluffy is my best friend and we are a support system for one another. I have checked vet schools, hospitals and local animal shelters but no luck yet. I live in a rural area so it's hard to get help from organizations because there isn't any. So if anyone knows of any help out there please let me know so I can help Fluffy. Thank-You

Elizabeth wrote:

Lucy, Check with a vet school. Sometimes they can give reduced prices for sugery.

LUCY wrote:

MY BICHON HAS GLAUCOMA AND WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THE EYE SHOULD BE REMOVED. BUT WE ARE RETIRED AND LIVING ON SS AND WE CANNOT AFFORD TO DO THIS FOR HIM. IS THERE ANY HELP OUT THERE? BOBALU007@AOL.COM

Jane Doe wrote:

My little pet has glacoma in one eye, and cataract in the other. The vet suggested removal of one eye, and no surgery for the cateract. I have read about special treatment of laser or lasik surgery for the blind little dog at a special hospital in Florida, and cannot seem to find the name of the hospital on the web. I cannot afford much, but am very anxious in finding this special treatment for my little dog at this particular hospital. Can you help me?

Linda & Angel Love wrote:

Sorry, everyone - I just re-read my posting and the eye surgery. The eye surgery WASN’T as bad for Angel as it was for me!!! Angel did great! We tried using the “e-collar” to keep her from scratching the eye, but that proved to be more of a pain! She would get the collar caught in the doorway and have to back up and try again. When we took the collar off, she was Very good at leaving it alone. If the pressure is up in the eye and no treatment will help restore the eye – PLEASE, PLEASE listen to your vet if they suggest in having the eye removed!! I feel horrible that I allowed Angel to suffer in pain (even for a day) from the pressure!! Linda & Angel Love

Linda & Angel Love wrote:

I found this site by accident and had to reply to Rocky’s Mom about prosthetic eyes. I am owned By Angel Love, An English Mastiff. She is my best friend and companion. My vet (should say ex-vet) did not check out Angel’s eyes. Angel was behaving strangely – even snapped at me, so I took her into my vet. She stated matter of fact, Angel was blind in the eye. I rushed her to a vet hospital an hour away, that had me drive 4 hours to a bigger vet hospital. The pressure was too high (55) and was giving Angel “major” migraine headaches and had to be removed. She was given a prosthetic eye. The surgery really was as bad for Angel as it was for me!! She adjusted wonderfully and since she was out of having major pain, was a lot more playful and very happy. You can not tell that it is fake! It moves like a normal eye and look like her other eye. She also developed glaucoma in her good eye, but has been on meds for close to 3 years now with the pressure remaining close to 10 – 12, which to my vet is great! Angel is on Trusopt 2% eye drops, 3 times a day and xalatan .005% twice a day. When she does get the “dry eye” every once in a while, then I use optimmune . The last time that I had Angel in for her eye check-up ( which is every 3 months) the vet said that we have many options to use before she losses her good eye, there is even eye surgery out for glaucoma!! I was so worried that Angel would end up being totally blind and un able to get around. She also weighs 198 lbs, so it would be impossible for me to “carry” her. Good luck with your baby! Glaucoma isn’t a “death” sentence like it use to be for our dogs! Linda & Angel Love

sarti wrote:

is glaucoma contagious between dogs? my friends fox terrier has glaucoma and my pet spends a lot of time with my friends terrier. My pet is also a fox terrier. I am very concern. Please let me know if it is contagious.

Rocky's Mom wrote:

Thank you very much for this site. It has helped me tremendously in coming to terms with my little Jack Russel's bout with glaucoma. It came on suddenly without warning. Luckily, we did some research on cloudy eyes and discovered he needed immediate attention. The vet was able to get his pressure (70) in his eye down using IVs, but he had a second bout later in the week. The Vet Opt. confirmed our fears that poor Rocky was blind in one eye with a detached retina and needed eye removal to prevent further pain. He predicted that his other eye would get glaucoma within the year. We are on 7 meds up to four times daily. Any info on prosthetic eyes would be great. We love him so much and want to make his transition as easy as possible. Also has anyone had success with saving the remaining eye with Demercarium?

angelina wrote:

what is children acute angle glucoma

Hailey valdez wrote:

i hated the idea of seeing eye dogs!

Diana wrote:

I think that Glaucoma has a cure waiting to be discovered out there. If somebody discovers this cure I am sure that they will be thanked a lot and they will also be very very famous. Please somebody has to discover this cure so that people won't have to lose their eye sight anymore. Some people might not have a problem with the thing that they can become blind, but also some people just might have a problem with becoming blind. So please somebody has to find a cure for glaucoma.

melissa wrote:

i have a question ....my 7 yr old shi-tzu has been vomiting off and on for a few weeks now....we have taken her to the vet and they can find nothing wrong.....a few minutes ago i noticed that one of her pupils doesnt cantract and dilate like the other one... i suspect glaucoma......could her vomiting be a symptom of the eye disorder..( dizziness and lethargy are some more problems i have noticed)

Bill O. wrote:

Early glaucoma signs. I recommend taking a couple of pictures of the dog every month and comparing the reflection from their retinas. Our 8 yr old Shi-Tzu, Gismo, was diagnosed with left eye glaucoma just after Christmas. I mistook early slight clouding as a cataract, but the eye vet confirmed glaucoma as the culprit. Her white had started to redden also but doc said the pressures had built up and done dammage before the clouding or reddening. The pressure crushes the retina within 24-48 hrs after pressures reach 40 or more. Low teens is normal. In reviewing Thanksgiving digital photos I could detect the left eye was already more dull than the right and the Christmas photos showed no reflection at all from the left. To our naked eyes, we didn't notice any problems. Only the photos showed the transition in reflection and the deterioration of the retina. By the time clouding or redning appears, it is too late. Take those pictures. Digitals are so quick and easy to upload and review on a computer. Thankfully, her right eye is doing great with daily drops. Pressure was 11 last week on her 3 month check. Bill O. Stuart, FL

David wrote:

The bright eyes eye drops from the UK may help. They have been on TV You can get them here www.ethosplan.com/uk or www.bright-eyes-drops.com Hope this helps.....

erin wrote:

my aunts dog, a poodle, has cataracts, and he has gone blind in both eyes. he is 14 years old. my aunt rescued him. i hope he isnt having too hard a time with his eyes!!

Julie Hindle wrote:

To Teresa Glad your cocker has come through his op ok. My Mr Tibs is an inspiration to anyone thinking of having this implant, he looks great and is very happy. I hope things continue to improve for your little one. You can see a photo of Mr Tibs on the Blind Dog Locations page. Julie

Julie Hindle wrote:

Mr dog Mr Tibs a 9year old Tibetan Terrier developed glaucoma last April and had to have one eye removed, we opted for an implant, which we are extremely pleased with. This has been completely trouble free and looks great. His other eye has been receiving treatment for glaucoma ever since, and because of this he has relatively no vision. He is pain free although occassionally the drop appears to not work in his eye, allowing the pressure to build up, once I administer a second drop this appears to do the trick. Has any one else had this experience> And can anyone shed any light on how long it is likely to be before he may need the second eye removed? Best Wishes Julie and Mr Tibs

Collette wrote:

My Red Cloud kelpie who is nearly 11 was perfectly fine 6 days ago. My husband told me she had a mucky eye. I went out and cleaned her eye thinking she had picked up a bit of conjunctivitis. I cleaned it with sterile irrigation. 2 days later i noticed she was walking into the fence. I called her and realised she was unable to see me. I took her straight to the vets who diagnosed her with severe conjunctivitis, given eye drops, eye ointment, prednisolone and AB's. to return 2 days later. On returning the vet said she would be blind for the rest of her life. Question: can this happen this quickly.

olivia wrote:

My golden retriever, Chuckie, was diagnosed with glaucoma last Oct. He had a bout of temporary blindness so I took him to my regular vet. He suggested sedation to check the eye, and, since he was already being sedated, he also suggested having his teeth cleaned. I picked him up later that day and the only comment I heard from the vet was "his eyes were too cloudy for me to really see anything." He suspected uveitis, which is inflammation of the vessel around the eye, and prescribed eye drops for a week. Chuckie continued to have temporary bouts of blindness so I took him to a vet eye doctor. She was able to diagnose glaucoma with 5 mins of the visit. Apparently, uvietis is very common to golden retriever. The first sign is redness of the whites of the eye (sclera). I told her that I have noticed the uveitis in my dog for many months prior to his visual problems. I have also been taking him to the vet twice a year for the last 10 years and nobody mentioned this potential problem with the golden retriever breed. If I had known, I would have been more attentive to his eyes. The vet eye doctor gave me the heart wrenching news that the left eye was already blind. Chukie was given eye drops and methazolomide pill 50 mg per twice per day to help maintain his sight in the right eye. He was doing very well until 2 weeks ago when we noticed that he was becoming more and more disoriented,especially in the late evenings. I brought him to the doctor the following day. She drained the left eye to help relieve the pressure and injected antibiotics. She also QUADRUPLED the methazolomide to 200mg twice per day and added a blood pressure medication, Norvas (2 tabs twice daily), to help lower his blood pressure. This was to help the right eye along, even for a month. Well, Chuckie had a very bad reaction to the quadrupled med. Within one day, his heart rate increased ( it was pounding out of his chest.) He lost his appetite and became weak and lethargic. His eye doctor stopped the meds for one day. He felt better, but I was sure that giving him 4 times the med so soon was not good for him. So I only continued to give him only 100mg (not 200mg) twice per day. He was doing better for a week until yesterday when he, again, became weak. His heart rate was very high. I rushed him to our local animal hospital. They found out that his electrolytes were imbalanced, which were causing his heart to speed up. The doctors suspected that Chuckie may have been given too much methazolomide. They lowered his dosage to only 50mg ONCE per day (from 200mg twice per day). In addition, Chuckie was also prescribed prednison orally to help control the inflammation around his eyes. The eye drops will also continue 3 times per day. Norvas was decreased to 1 tab per day. Sadly, he lost the vision from his right eye. I just brought Chuckie home 4 hours ago and he is doing much better. Although he is very tired from the ordeal, he is able to eat and drink on his own. It may take a while for him to adjust to total blindness. Our next step to have his eyes removed. I'll keep you posted.

nikki wrote:

i have a blind 13 year old siberian husky,who had the most glorious blue eyes. She was misdiagnosed by a vet as a viral infection.we eventually took her to Dr Bagley off of rt 8 in pittsburgh. He did do surgery on her one eye to relieve the pressure. She eventually lost the sight of her other eye. We were devastated. She has now been totally blind for two years and is doing wonderful. What really helps us as a human is that she stills looks at us and in our direction as if she can still see us.We dont move the furniture around much. She has been able to move around the house without a care. It is amazing how adapted she became. We have another 6 year old male husky who looks after her. Hey, we bump into a wall everyonce in a while. So does she.We are careful about loud noises and new noises. But all in all , the glaucoma is degenerative. Their was little we could do to stop it. Now that the final result is blindness she is only more adorable and gentle.

friends wrote:

nothing

Julie wrote:

My beagle, Abby, successfully had a Cullen shunt placed in her left eye at the University of Illinois. we were lucky, as the doctor was able to save some vision in that eye. In her other eye, vision was already gone. She received ablation. This was also successful. U of I has a great clinic, great doctors!!

Lindsay wrote:

SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME.... I have a 3 month old toy poodle and he has glaucoma in his left eye. He also has Retinal dysplasia in both eyes due to birth defects. He is has been on Prednisone, trusopt, and now we have added xalatan to the list of medicines he gets everyday. I am in college and can not afford any of this, and I just don't know what to do. If this was my 10 year old dog and it was just unfortunate that he got glaucoma, that would be one thing- or even if he developed the glaucoma at an earlier age, like 5, but this is not the case for me. This is my little puppy and he got glaucoma when he was only 2 months old. He still has vision in both eyes, but the opthalmologist said it is just a matter of time before he loses it in his left eye. Also, due to the addtional birth defect of retinal dyslpasia, the retinas could detach at any time in either/both eyes and then he would be blind right away. I have already spent over $400 in just the last month alone, and I just can't afford to continue to do this. It would be so expensive to take his eye out, to have surgery, to do any of these options, but at the same time he needs over $100 in medications every 3 weeks and I can't do this either. He is my baby and my heart has ached since I found out about him having the glaucoma, which was only 2 weeks after I got him. The breeder originally said they would take him back, but they were extremely mean and basically called me a liar and refused to give me my money back. They said they would put him to sleep, but by the horrible way they treated me and refused to give me the money back, I can't imagine they would put him to sleep, but rather snap his neck or something else awful. So I kept him bacause he thinks I am his mommy and I can't let anyone potentially hurt him. But as this keeps getting worse, I just don't see what my options are. He is so young- he is only 11 weeks old....I am so depressed and I would really appreciate some advice or thoughts on my situation. I was thinking of trying to give him to a rescue home or something, but I would hate to abandon my little baby, plus I don't know how to even go about adoption. Someone please help me, I am so sad for Bailey and he is the most beautiful dog you've ever seen.

lisa moon wrote:

i might have glaucoma

Rogers wrote:

My dog Harry a Jack Russell Terrier was diagnosed with Glaucoma and then went blind less than ten hours later. His vision is gone completly and now we have to decide weather to get prosthetic eyes or get them cut out completely. Harry has not been a hyper fun dog like he was before the illness. Does anyone know how long it will take him to adapt to this? Will he adapt?

Julie wrote:

Thanks to all of you foryour stories and for taking care of your dogs! My beagle, Abby, is only 5 years old and was just diagnosed with glaucoma in both eyes. Amazingly, when the pressures were brought down, she still had some vision in her left eye. She is having experimental surgery right now at the University of Illinois Vet Clinic. They are inserting a shunt that will drain the fluid into her sinus cavity, requiring no drug therapy. Her other eye, unfortunately, required ablation. As all of you know, you have to act fast with this, so we are praying that we made the right decision. Anyone else tried this new surgery? Good luck to all of you.

Jo (In England) wrote:

PLEASE BE VERY AWARE THAT COMPLETE & IRREVERSIBLE BLINDNESS CAN OCCUR WITHIN 24 HOURS. GLAUCOMA IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY & TREATMENT MUST COMMENCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IF SIGHT IS TO BE SAVED. My 9 yr old Cocker Spaniel, Jess, lost complete sight in her left eye within 12 hours. We are administering combination therapy at present to save the remaining sight in her right eye. She is on 3 different types of eye drops plus corticosteriods tablets, the combination appears to have reduced & stabilised the IOP (Elevated Intraocular Pressure) for now. She has perked up remarkably & doesnt appear to be experiencing any pain. She is eating, drinking & toileting as normal. Since this began we have had one relapse where it was suggested we end her suffering. Emergency treatment to reduce IOP was given, along with Injections of painkiller & corticosteriods after she collapsed at home. The vet informed us she was giving up, her heart rate having slowed, i felt my heart had been riped from my chest. After the medications were given we were told to take her home where my partner and i spent the next two nights sleeping on the kitchen floor with her. Forgot to mention, we also have another Cocker, 5yr old Ella, who is Jess's daughter. She has been extremely disturbed by whats happening to mum. She has found herself in role reversal, she is now playing mum. Jess improved greatly over those two days, regaining zest for life & fortunately not losing any further sight in her right eye. This, i conclude, is down to the speed at which emergency treatment was administered after onset of symptoms. The time between collapsing & treatment being a maximum of 15 mins. When relapsing, her right eye considerably discoloured with a more apparent blue tinge appearing. The following morning the eye had luckily returned to its former condition with no further deterioration. After the relapse her combination therapy was altered, stopping one set of eye drops and replacing them with another. Touch wood this has so far controlled her IOP, but for how long, who knows. All i know is my baby is not suffering and she has adjusted to her impaired sight quite well really. There could be an underlying cause for the IOP & Glaucoma but for now we are enjoying the extra time we have been blessed with. Will face each new hurdle as we come to it. ALL I ASK IS THAT IF YOU KNOW YOUR BREED OF DOG IS PRONE TO THIS CONDITION, ENSURE REGULAR EYE TESTS ARE CARRIED OUT TO CHECK FOR IOP, BE AWARE OF ANY INDICATORS POINTING TO ONSET OF GLAUCOMA & ENSURE PROMPT MEDICAL ATTENTION IS AVAILABLE IF REQUIRED. IF IN DOUBT, CHECK IT OUT......BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY.

Risk Factors For Glaucoma wrote:

Risk Factors For Glaucoma People over 35 years of age. The chances of developing glaucoma increase with age. People with a family history of glaucoma. Since glaucoma has genetic links, anyone with a blood relative who has glaucoma should schedule an eye examination at minimum of once per year. It is not a bad idea to take advantage of the free glaucoma pressure checks available during many health fairs just to monitor your intraocular pressures. People who are very nearsighted (Open Angle Glaucoma) or farsighted (Angle Closure Glaucoma). People with diabetes and certain other chronic diseases. Race is a predisposing factor for glaucoma. Persons of African ancestry are at an increased risk for developing Open Angle Glaucoma. Conversely, persons of Chinese, Japanese, and Southeast Asian descent are more prone to develop Angle Closure Glaucoma. Persons with cardiovascular disease or conditions resulting in insufficient blood flow to the eye are at an increased risk for developing glaucoma. Obesity has been identified as a possible risk factor associated with glaucoma.

Dude wrote:

There are two main classifications of glaucoma: Open Angle Glaucoma and Closed Angle Glaucoma. The type of glaucoma relates to the cause of the increased pressure inside the eye. Open Angle Glaucoma Open angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma. This condition is often called Primary Open-angle Glaucoma, or POAG. It is most often completely painless and causes a very gradual loss of peripheral vision, which may go unnoticed for many months or even years. Since it gives no obvious warning to its victim, glaucoma is often called "the sneak thief of sight." This form of glaucoma is characterized by an excessive production of fluid inside the eye. Although the drainage system of the eye, called the "angles," remain open and function properly, they are unable to remove the excess fluid at a pace sufficient to prevent a rise in pressure inside the eye. Open angle glaucoma will usually respond well to medications when found in time. In most cases, the medication must be continued for life to keep this condition under control. Closed Angle Glaucoma The second type of glaucoma is known as Closed Angle Glaucoma. It is far more rare than open angle glaucoma. This condition is characterized by blockage of the drainage system of the eye located between the iris and the lens. In many instances, the iris is pushed forward in a condition referred to as pupillary block. This causes the iris to act like a stopper over the drain of a sink, allowing fluid levels inside the eye to build, causing increased intraocular pressure. Its onset can be sudden, as is the case with acute angle-closure glaucoma. A sudden onset of severe pain and a red eye are symptoms of acute angle-closure glaucoma. Prompt intervention by the use of medications or through surgery or treatment with a laser is required to obtain relief and protect the delicate tissues in and around the optic nerve. In other instances, closed angle glaucoma may progress slowly over time, with the formation of scar tissue around the drainage system of the eye. This condition is called chronic angle-closure glaucoma. Other Types of Glaucoma Not all types of glaucoma are characterized by high intraocular pressures. In normal-tension or low-tension glaucoma, the optic nerve suffers damage with the resulting visual field loss even though normal intraocular pressures are maintained. It is believed that poor blood flow to the optic nerve causes this condition. Eyes afflicted with this condition are far more susceptible to optic nerve damage with any increase in the intraocular pressure than other eyes are. Only recently have scientists recognized how common normal-tension glaucoma is and begun research into its causes and treatment. Exfoliation syndrome is a common form of open angle glaucoma that results when there is a buildup of abnormal, whitish material on the lens. This material and pigment from the back of the iris plug the drainage system of the eye, causing increased intraocular pressure. This form of glaucoma responds well to laser treatment. Pigmentary glaucoma is a hereditary condition typically affecting young, nearsighted, Caucasian males. This condition is characterized by the iris being too large compared to the other structures of the eye. The iris is forced to bow backwards, coming into contact with the structures holding the lens in place. This disrupts the cells of the iris containing pigment, resulting in a release of pigment particles into the drainage system of the eye, which prompts an increase in intraocular pressure as the drainage system becomes clogged. Other types of glaucoma may be caused by injuries to the eye, tumors, and other eye diseases. A rare type of glaucoma can even be present in children at birth.

Dude wrote:

What Is Glaucoma Glaucoma encompasses a number of conditions that are characterized by a particular pattern of blindness involving optic nerve damage and visual field loss. Most, but not all, of the conditions involve increased intraocular pressure (IOP) within the eye, which is by far, the most common risk factor for vision loss due to glaucoma. This increased pressure damages the optic nerve and can result in a progressive loss of peripheral vision leading to blindness if not properly diagnosed and treated. It is a serious condition of the eye affecting approximately two percent of the population. It has robbed millions of people of their eyesight. If left untreated, it can cause total, irreversible blindness. Glaucoma can strike anyone, but it need not cause blindness. If glaucoma is found early and treated properly, your eyesight can be preserved. Early diagnosis is the key to prevention of blindness from glaucoma. Glaucoma is characterized by optic nerve damage and visual field loss. Typically, it involves increased pressure inside the eye that affects the delicate tissues of the optic nerve. Early detection and treatment are the keys to preventing unnecessary vision loss.

Dude wrote:

How The Eye Works The human eye is remarkable. It accommodates to changing lighting conditions and focuses light rays originating from various distances from the eye. When all of the components of the eye function properly, light is converted to impulses and conveyed to the brain where an image is perceived. Light rays enter the eye through a transparent layer of tissue known as the cornea. As the eye's main focusing element, the cornea takes widely diverging rays of light and bends them through the pupil, the dark, round opening in the center of the colored iris. The lens of the eye is located immediately behind the pupil. The purpose of the lens is to make the delicate adjustments in the path of the light rays in order to bring the light into focus upon the retina, the membrane containing photoreceptor nerve cells that lines the inside back wall of the eye. The photoreceptor nerve cells of the retina change the light rays into electrical impulses and send them through the optic nerve to the brain where an image is perceived. The individual components of the eye work in a manner similar to a camera. Each part plays a vital role in providing clear vision. (click picture to enlarge) CORNEA - The transparent, outer "window" and primary focusing element of the eye. The outer layer of the cornea is known as epithelium. Its main job is to protect the eye. The epithelium is made up of transparent cells that have the ability to regenerate quickly. The inner layers of the cornea are also made up of transparent tissue, which allows light to pass. PUPIL - The dark opening in the center of the colored iris that controls how much light enters the eye. The colored iris functions like the iris of a camera, opening and closing, to control the amount of light entering through the pupil. LENS - The part of the eye immediately behind the iris that performs delicate focusing of light rays upon the retina. In persons under 40, the lens is soft and pliable, allowing for fine focusing from a wide variety of distances. For individuals over 40, the lens begins to become less pliable, making focusing upon objects near to the eye more difficult. This is known as presbyopia. RETINA - The membrane lining the back of the eye that contains photoreceptor cells. These photoreceptor nerve cells react to the presence and intensity of light by sending an impulse to the brain via the optic nerve. In the brain, the multitude of nerve impulses received from the photoreceptor cells in the retina are assimilated into an image.

Brandon wrote:

How often do dogs get glucoma? What are the odds? Please tell me.

princess wrote:

i hope that a suitable cure would come up one day and that every one would take care of there eye sight the best way possible. there is alot to see in the world

prof.dr mohsen Tolba wrote:

I am interesting in research win glucoma treatmewnt

Kim wrote:

today nov 13, my dog Max had an eye re- moved due to Glaucoma and a previous injury. I adopted him three years ago from a abused home, and we've been fighting too keep his eyes. so now we have one left, and I concerned what's going too happen with his good eye. from what I've read it has encouraged me that my dog will be o.k.

STEVE MOSS wrote:

MY SPANIEL IS 10 Y.O.A .HE ONLY GOT IT LAST WEEK AND WE ARE WORRIED HE WILL LOSE HIS EYE!.IT IS GOING TO BE AN EXPENSIVE JOB GETTING HIM RIGHT .WE LOVE HIME TO DEATH WE DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT THIS?

maria parker wrote:

i'm doing a research paper on glaucoma and to get some information on this topic.

VJJustice wrote:

Our Dog Rocki is 10 years old. We found out that she has Glucoma in her left eye and has lost all sight in that eye. With taking her to her regular Vet and then an eye specialist and then the medication, we spent about $700 in one week. We were told that we would need to watch her closely to catch the right eye if it changed, and to bring her to the emergency Vet office so she could have eye surgery that would cost $1000.++. I went out of town to help a family member. When I returned, she was completely blind. My husband didn't take her to the emergency room because he didn't see the change in her eye until it seemed too late to save it and because we didn't have $1000.++ to pay. We are so sad and I feel guilty, that we didn't get her the surgery to save her sight.I'm not sure what our next step will be. Any suggestions?

usha wrote:

detected for the first time

Linnie wrote:

My vet told me that my 12year old cocker spaniel had Retina Blindness, not cataracts and there was no cure. Drops were not mentioned or any other treatment. My Shandy was blind for 3 years. Her eye was very blue and bulbous. Was this glucoma and I wasn't told. Shandy used to crash into everything inside and outside the home, hurting herself. I made the decision this past April to send her to heaven where there was no more pain for her.

Linnie wrote:

My vet told me that my 12year old cocker spaniel had Retina Blindness, not cataracts and there was no cure. Drops were not mentioned or any other treatment. My Shandy was blind for 3 years. Her eye was very blue and bulbous. Was this glucoma and I wasn't told. Shandy used to crash into everything inside and outside the home, hurting herself. I made the decision this past April to send her to heaven where there was no more pain for her.

wheezer davis wrote:

13 year old terrier has been diagnosed with the glaucoma just needing to know more about it and the medications and how they can help thank you for this website info

grace wrote:

i think it is great

suze wrote:

Thanks for the info.

suze wrote:

Thanks for the info.

FRAN wrote:

I HAVE A 3 YEAR OLD PEKINESE. HIS NAME IS BISCUIT. HE IS MY BEST FRIEND. I FOUND OUT YESTERDAY HE HAS GLAUCOMA IN BOTH EYES. THE PRESSURE IS 40 IN ONE AND 20 IN THE OTHER. WE HAVE STARTED HIM ON EYE DROPS. JUST WANTED TO KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. WOULD APPRECIATE ANY INFORMATION THAT I CAN GET.

tuneyah57@aol.com wrote:

My dog has glacoma in one eye.We cant afford the expensive operation.Is there any alternative medications that i can try for him.He is not in any pain. The pressure in his eye has returned to normal.Please help!! jeanne Tuneyah57@aol.com

mohamed eldabaa wrote:

i want expliant about glucoma from causes to the treatment

Emmy wrote:

We really found this site helpful when dealing with glaucoma. We had no idea what to do or think until we read other people's thoughts and experiences. It made the decision of enucleation much easier and we prepared ourselves for all the problems people have had. Emmy was diagnosed in April and exactly a year later has had both eyes removed. She is the very same dog she was before! HAPPY! pain free, loving, energetic,a tiny bit less confident but still jumps on the sofa and does the stairs just fine. The part I was most worried about was how I would look into her eyes when I talked to her. I feel that the eyes are so important for communication, but now that she has none, I still look into her heart the same way. She still cocks her head, looks at you with her ears and body and You don't even notice the lack of eyes anymore. She still blinks! I just feel so relieved that its all over now and we can carry on with our lives. Emmy had one eye removed right away and the other one had to have 2 kinds of drops three times a day, 10 minutes apart. We did that for about 10 months and I really don't feel that it did any good. The eye just got steadily worse and was so ugly, bulgy, rotten looking, at the end I was glad to have it out. She never really showed signs of pain, but once it was removed she perked right up and became full of joy and energy that we realized she was in pain after all. I can't stress it enough how well she is doing and how she is just like a normal dog, except she needs me to guide her in new places. I must admit she does have the odd bought of disorientation, but it doesn't bother her and she just carries on anyway. IMPORTANT THOUGHT....I find that I have to refrain from "putting myself in her shoes" I get all scared and worrried for her and think it must be so hard to go down the stairs and into the yard in total blackness, etc. etc. If I just don't think about it and carry on (like she does!) then everything is fine and we are all stress free. Thats the thing, left to themselves, dogs don't worry, they just deal with things. Its our worry and upset that causes them stress, so the better we deal with it the easier it is for them. I know, its easier said than done!

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teresa wrote:

well he has made it through the operatio. Thank-youi God!!!! I will keep you guys posted as to his recovery. We will pick him up at the end of the day.Least he will now not have to live with the pressure they also took tissues to see if his other eye will get affected....but 1 day at a time...........

teresa wrote:

My poor 11 yr. old cocker spaniel will loose his eye to glaucoma tomorrow i am so scared he will not make it . Sice 5 months we have been medicating him with pills and drops to me he seemed fine. But the vet said we have to have his eye out. Being so attached and knowing i will cry like a baby to see his eye permantly closed i have opted to have a fake eye put in . We live in Canada and just to let you know it will cost $950. But the money is really nothing i am so afraid that after the test he may still get iot in his other eye. So pray for my little buddy max please as he needs all the luv and faith.

noelle wrote:

kool

Betty wrote:

If you have glucoma is it safe to fly on a long trip (7 hours)

Heather wrote:

My 4.5 yr old Cocker spaniel was adopted from a rescue. She has glaucoma and is blind. What can I do for her glaucoma? I want to help her be comfortable.

siti wrote:

no comment...just want to know about glucoma

Sophie June wrote:

I'm a 13 yr. old rat terrier who was recently diagnosed with glaucoma in my right eye. Because the pilocarpine drops burn, my vet suggested putting them in my food. Anyone ever hear of that?

Susy wrote:

My 13 year old dog Coco has a severe case of glucoma. So bad that we were told that the eye may rupture. Due to other health problems he already has,(diabetes,heart murmur and enlarged heart)he is not strong enough to have the surgery to remove his eyes. We have tried all the eyedrops and medicine recommended by the vet, there is nothing left. We have been advised that he is a lot of pain and that we should put him to sleep. I hate to see my dear friend go but I hate to see him in pain also. Maybe his time has come,or does anyone have any suggestions?

kan wrote:

glaukoma

SUSAN wrote:

CAN'T HELP YOU WITH SAVING THE EYE. MY LITTLE GIRL HOLLY, JUST HAD LEFT EYE REMOVED DUE TO GLUCOMA. SHE NOW HAS AN IMPLANT. I AM AWAITING TO SEE IF WE CAN SAVE HER RIGHT EYE. DEAR GOD!

dumbubble wrote:

I took my 10month old Golden Retriever to the vet today, and found out that she has Glucoma in BOTH eyes. How do parents of these children handle this? She is my little girl, and I want to help her. Does drops help? What is the success rate of this? Is surgery a better way? Please help!!!

Mitzy Olsson wrote:

Just diagnosed and wondering about treatment.

Dave wrote:

If you vet can see the early signs, he sounds a good vet, Beagles can be prone to it. Usually drops control glaucoma, but there are 2 other techniques, freezing and laser. Nothing is guaranteed to work. Dave

ricstam wrote:

My vet says my dog 11 year old mix (shepard & beagle) has glaucoma. He shows no signs. Will this continue to worsen and what can we do other than expensive surgery?

Leo Bores, MD wrote:

The QuackWatch article is old news and he has not responded to my requests for an update. It's not his job to endorse anything (or it shouldn't be); it's his job to alert folks to possible problem areas. Whilst sudden elevations of IOP can increase cupping, the literature does not support the claim that this self-same elevation of IOP causes permanent visual damge in glaucomatous eyes. Our data also shows that permanent damge does not result even in severely compromised eyes. Does this mean that it could never happen? Of course it could but we must distinquish possibility from probablity and credit observation over supposition. As for the monkey data - I haven't had parallel environmental responses with them for at least 100 million years.

Pepe - note on below post wrote:

SNIP FROM ARTICLE ON THIS
Safety and Effectiveness Questioned
The fluid within the eyeball normally drains through the trabecular meshwork, a thin net-like band that lies between between the cornea (the clear window of the eye) and the sclera (the white portion of the eye). Glaucoma usually occurs because the mesh becomes clogged or is unable to allow sufficent drainage. When this happens, since fluid production continues, intraocular pressure builds up.
Normal eye pressures range from 8 to 20 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). In high-pressure glaucoma, the levels range from 21 to 40. In rare cases, new patients present with higher levels. The higher the pressure, the more likely that optic nerve damage will occur. PNT is postulated to reduce pressure within the eye by squeezing fluid out through the trabecular meshwork. However, fluid production continues, so unless the procedure can improve the drainage system itself, any pressure reduction would be short-lived.
PNT temporarily squeezes the front of the eyeball and raises the intraocular pressure to 65 and perhaps even higher. In someone with an already damaged optic nerve, this could be serious. The accepted treatment for glaucoma is to lower the pressure with medication or surgery. Experiments in monkeys have demonstrated that sudden pressure elevations can compromise the blood supply to the optic nerve and accelerate nerve cell death in already weakened cells [8,9], and human experiments have found that acute pressure increases can increase cupping of the optic nerve [10,11]. For this reason, until proven safe, PNT should be viewed with caution. Damage from high intraocular pressure may not be immediately apparent. As a result, patients having PNT may not be able to tell whether they are being harmed. Proof of safety and effectiveness would require long-term studies showing not only that intraocular pressure is lowered, but also that the patients' visual fields have not diminished.
To date, no peer-reviewed journal has published a study demonstrating that PNT actually works or is safe. Preliminary reports by Dr. Bores, a Mexican ophthalmologist (Guillermo Avalos, M.D.), and ophthalmologist John LiVecchi, M.D. (described in the brochure as a director and major shareholder of Coronado Industries) have claimed positive results. A report on Coronado Industries' Web site in November 1998 stated that at least 250 patients had been treated for up to 3.5 years, with "maintenance therapy as frequently as every 2-3 months to yearly." These reports claimed various levels of effectiveness, with the drop in pressure being greatest in people whose problem was least severe when they sought treatment. However, a study conducted at the Duke University School of Medicine found that PNT did not lower intraocular pressure among 20 patients with uncontrolled glaucoma. Each patient had one eye treated while the other served as a control. Measurements at one hour, two hours, one day, one week, one month, and three months later found no reduction of intraocular pressure or improvement in the drainage of fluid from within the eye [12]. The reports from Drs. Bores, Avelos, and LaVecchi did not contain such comparative data or compare their patients to a control group of similar patients who did not undergo PNT.
FDA Objections Documents obtained with a Freedom of Information Act request indicate that in February 1998, the FDA issued a warning letter to Ophthalmic International president G. Richard Smith. The letter stated:
During an inspection of your firm conducted between November 25 and December 11, 1997, our investigators determined that your firm distributed two vacuum fixation devices with suction rings to the Arizona Glaucoma Institute. . . for use in treating patients with glaucoma using a pneumatic trabeculoplasty (PNT) procedure. These products are devices as defined by . . . the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Your vacuum fixation devices are adulterated . . . in that they are Class III devices. . . and do not have approved applications for investigational device exemption (IDE). . . . Your . . . devices are also misbranded . . . in that a notice or other information respecting the devices was not provided to the FDA as required [13].
http://www.quackwatch.com/06ResearchProjects/pnt.html

pole01@yahoo.com wrote:

B52s Rocker Affected by Glaucoma; Calls New Revolutionary Treatment 'Music to His Eyes' NEW YORK, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Fred Schneider, singer with the rock band The B52s which stormed the charts with the hit single 'Love Shack,' revealed today that he is among the nearly 70 million people worldwide affected by Glaucoma but feels there may be a bright note in his future with a new treatment. Called Pneumatic Trabeculoplasty (PNT)(TM), this revolutionary non-invasive treatment of glaucoma designed by Coronado Industries (OTC Bulletin Board: CDIK - news) lowers intraocular pressure in patients undergoing treatment. Schneider called his recent treatment using the PNT device ``music to his eyes.'' ``The PNT device lowered the intraocular pressure behind my eye, and I am hopeful that it might be the answer hoped for by millions who are affected by glaucoma,'' Schneider said. John T. LiVecchi, MD, who performed the procedure at the Northeastern Eye Institute in Scranton, Pennsylvania, said, ``The Pneumatic Trabeculoplasty procedure presents glaucoma patients with a completely revolutionary way to treat it. PNT reduces, and in some cases eliminates, the need for any other method of treatment.'' ``We couldn't be more pleased with the results Mr. Schneider has had with the PNT treatment,'' noted Richard Smith, CEO of Coronado Industries, Inc. The device, designed to lower intraocular pressure associated with glaucoma, is currently undergoing clinical testing in the U.S. Coronado recently signed an agreement with Novartis (NYSE: NVS - news) granting them an exclusive option for global licensing and distribution rights to Coronado's PNT equipment and non-invasive treatment. Coronado's Clinical Studies Director, Dr. Leo Bores, who also heads the Company's FDA compliance division, has been invited to Rome where he will present to a panel of Italian ophthalmologists the effectiveness of the device as a non-invasive treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Bores will also travel to Kenya, where he's been invited by the government to undertake a similar demonstration of Coronado's Pneumatic Trabeculoplasty. As part of Coronado's agreement with Novartis, Dr. Bores is assisting them in its due-diligence testing of the device by instructing ophthalmologists and members of health care systems worldwide on the treatment and use of PNT. Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the ``safe harbor'' provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of the Company's products, increased levels of competition for the Company, new products and technological changes, the Company's dependence on third-party suppliers, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For additional information, see www.coronadoindustries.com . Corporate Contact: Richard Smith, CEO, 480/837-6810 Investor Relations Contact: OTC Financial Network, Rick McCaffrey, 800/375-4678

Sharons friend wrote:

Danny Boone, a great little cocker, has been diagnosed with Glaucoma. He is a tough little fellow and my friend Sharon is equally strong. Everyone, please keep a good thought in your heads for my two friends .

Jayme aka CritterMom wrote:

One year (4/21/99) and holding on to her last eye. Amber's a tough old gal :)