Our boy Homer went back to the eye specialist yesterday, and the news was mixed.
On the one hand, the eye has healed very well. All the structures (optic nerve, retina, iris) are intact and in good shape. He’s clearly not in any pain and behaves like a normal dog.
On the other hand, he still can’t see. His eye reacts to light, but he has almost no vision. The specialist is not sure why. Current theories include a previous episode of glaucoma.
The vet drastically reduced his medication regimen. He was receiving 2 sets of drops and two ointments, five minutes apart, four times a day (take a minute to do the math on that). Now he’s on one set of drops, 2-3 times a day, which is so much more manageable. He’ll stay on those for another month and then be DONE WITH DRUGS.
It may be that the eye just needs a little more time to regain vision, or it may be that Homer has reached maximum medical improvement. Either way, he’s a sweet dog who has been very patient with his veterinary journey.
People have asked me, “If he’s so awesome, why are you just fostering him?” Honestly, if he had sufficient vision to take backyard potty breaks unsupervised, I’d keep him in a heartbeat. But even on a leash, he has a terrible habit of falling into the pool. It’s only happened twice, but I can’t take the risk that it will happen again. So whenever he goes outside, into our fully-fenced back yard, he’s on a leash. Which is fine…. unless it’s raining. Or cold. Or hot. Or you’re trying to do anything else inside.
But yeah, we love him. How could anyone resist such a little gentleman?
Parenthetically, can I tell you how hard it is to photograph a blind dog? I used Kevin & Amanda’s tutorial on action shots (because Homer rarely stands still), but when I try to get his attention, he turns his ear towards me, not his face. Bless his heart.