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I am sorry to hear about your Lab's eye. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.
Can you post a picture of the eye? Can you tell me what the eye drops and ointment you tried were? I do not want to recommend anything that was already tried.
How old is your dog?
Is the infection in both eyes or one?
Sorry for all the questions! Since I can't see and examine him, some additional information will help me to answer your questions.
So only one topical antibiotic has been tried, tobramycin? I might consider trying another one.
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There is a parasite, a worm called Onchocerca lupi, that infects the eyes. I would think an ophthalmologist would have checked for it, but you should ask them if they did.
Were any biopsies, or cultures done?
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If you think you are seeing worms, I would contact the ophthalmologist you took him to, and ask about treating for Onchocerca. There is no cure, but it can be managed.
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The paper clip icon should be just above where you type (that is where I see it, myself).
I would look into finding out if this is Onchocerca; the picture won't help since the worms are very small.
Yes, I can see it!
If this were my own dog, I would see an ophthalmologist and see if this is Oncocerca, or do a biopsy myself to see if there are tiny worms in the tissue around the eyes. If there are, I would work with an ophthalmologist for the treatment.
The treatment is to surgically remove the worms, best done by an ophthalmologist, with their special magnifying equipment, and continue doxycyclne and start ivermectin. Treatment can be for life; it is hard to clear it up. I don't know this is what he has, but it should be checked for.
How is he doing? I have not heard back from you. Was this helpful? Can I answer any other questions?