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Hello. My name is***** and I am a veterinarian that can answer your question. I understand Rocky has suddenly become blind. I understand there is a history of squamous cell carcinoma that was removed and March and now there is suspicion of a tumor behind the eye, which is resulting in blindness. I am very sorry to hear about what is happening. Is that a correct summary of the situation so far?
Optic neuritis, which is inflammation of the nerve behind the retina and the one the ophthalmologist was talking about, is a common cause of sudden blindness. That makes sense it was on the list of possibilities. The retropulsion test, where the ophthalmologist pushed on the eye and it felt rigid, is a common cursory test that assesses for structural abnormalities. Glaucoma is another possible differential that I would be concerned about and that can also cause sudden blindness and a rigid retropulsion test. A MRI would be a good consideration to look behind the retina to confirm if there is a tumor. If a tumor is present then diagnostics can be performed not that to determine if it is cancer and if it is operable. If glaucoma is the cause of his condition then medication is sometimes all that is needed, but surgery is occasionally required as well - it depends on the cause of glaucoma.
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That is a better possibility than a cancer. A granuloma can be treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications, and oftentimes does not require surgery.
I just wanted to check in on Rocky. How are things going? Do you have any other questions?
I am very sorry to hear about that. What a difficult loss. I was hoping for a different outcome. I know how important he was to you. Take care. Please let me know if I can help you further.