Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oakland, CA
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Rapid onset cataracts
Hi all. I noticed a change in Ollie's good eye about a week ago. Thursday of last week, after I got off work, I saw a further change, and I realized he is completely blind.
Having had the trauma to his other eye, he already has an opthamologist vet. She squeezed me in the next day, and I found out Ollie has a rapid onset cataract, which is a clouding of the lenses. Some of you may know he is half hav, half shih tzu. The vet said shih tzu's are known for retina dettachment, and havs are known for rapid onset, juvenile cataracts. Meaning the crop up quick (2 weeks or less) and happen at a young age.
Cataracts are genetic. and she mentioned she's seen 2 havanese in the last year, both 1-2 yrs of age with rapid onset cataracts.
So, Ollie is currently, completely blind. I don't notice around the house b/c he knows his way around very well, and I have a small house. Outside on walks it's really obvious, as sometimes he can walk a straight line and other times not.
I am considering surgery. 5 grand. the post op care is pretty involved so I am considering Thanksgiving week as I have that week off (I work at a public school). With rapid onset cataracts, he is at risk for the lenses rupturing, so I am checking his eyeball daily, and he has non-steroidal drops as well.
I am not trying to panic anyone, I just wanted to inform you all and also, let you know about Ollie's condition. His temperament is the same, sweet as always.
As you can imagine I am very very sad.