Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today. I am a human eye surgeon and can assist you with this issue.
Tacrolimus is a fairly powerful immunosuppressive drug but, the good news is that it should not contribute to the formation of cataracts in your dog.
Unfortunately, with your pets severe dry eyes and anterior surface disease cataract surgery could be very risky.
Ok, so what about the rt. eye which continues to get puss if I don't drop in neopolydex every day in the morning...and sometimes it gets icky even with that med.?
The "icky" stuff may be more of the normal eye mucus that is building up rather then a sign of infection that needs treatment with the neopolydex. You might try using artificial tears and keeping it clean with a soft wash cloth instead of the ointment and see how things go.
Is your dog being treated by a veterinary ophthalmologist?
Are you still there?
Yes...I have spent thousands on this lovely pet's eye problem. This vet said he would do cataract surgery on left eye for $5 thousand...luckly his assistant pointed out that tear duct production would limit success of surgery!Whoa...I began to doubt the vet's wisdom
Do you know that ophthalmologists get paid only $685, which includes free postop care for 90 days as well as free care the day prior to surgery, along with any anesthesia care given? I guess I should have stayed with my original plan and gone to Veterinary School lol!!
Rt. eye is completely opecified like a black marble and rt. eye is getting that cataract due to treatment for that ulcer the vet missed upon 1st examination.
I have to wonder, as a human eye surgeon, why a powerful immune suppressant is being used to treat a corneal ulcer and dry eyes......doesn't seem to add up to me.
I guess that you have stepped away from your computer. I'll switch over to the Q&A system. This system works a lot like 'text messaging' but an email is sent to each of us anytime something is posted to this thread. We can continue to work on your question there..... :)
So right!!! The worse thing is not the money spent but my guilt in not making the right choices for this well trained and loving animal. I am now teaching him echo location so when we walk outside his tail is up and he walks without fear.
Is there anyting I can do or drop I can give him for the dry eye (rt. eye) situation that is not powerful but will help with the puss?
Is there any product besides Tacrolimus that will help with dry eye?
You have been very kind and patient...I will check on ointment. Rocky had a "cherry eye" removed by his regular pet when eye vet said it would cost $1,600 to stuff gland back into lower lid. From that time on the "dry eye" problem has existed.I understood that only 17% of tear production would be effected by removal of this gland. Again, I was sadly misinformed = his blindness in rt. eye.
Bless your heart..you do understand how easily a person can get swept into accepting all that goes with loving our dear animal friends. I will take your advice and locate a teaching institution and see if they might help or at least offer better meds to deal with his advancing blindness.If you don't mind, I have 1 more ? for you re a personal issue. This week I went to my long time eye doc (lovely guy) and he said I have large "floater" in drifting into rt. eye field of vision. I can read ONLY with rt. eye since childhood (I'm a professor who travels world on cruise ships lecturing on culture & history). Will this get worse, go away or remain simply a constant annoyance?Again, many thanks for your time...and I am well satisfied even if you don't answer the above ?
How wonderful having my own Doc..just like the president! But my Prince of 50 yrs. would pout if I took someone else.I have lectured on 50 cruises in 5.5 years and leave in less than a week for #51.
Almost ready to quit this "gig" after being stranded at sea on Azamar Quest in South China Sea for 3 days & nights: no air conditioning, forced to sleep with crew on open deck and SPAM sandwiches for 3 days!But, if you ever want info re cruise lines (Azamara, Celebrity, Holland America or Princess), amenities, food, cabins...ect, don't hesitate to ask...no charge.Kindest regards Lisa XXXXX@XXXXXX.XXX