13th April 2012, 08:16 PM
Dry Eye, please help!
Misha had borderline tears about 3 years ago. He was put on Optimmune which he did well on for a year. It went off the market for a long time so we tried compounded cyclosporine and tacrolimus which he reacted badly to. His eyes looked worse on those two then off them. I discontinued treatment and he's had normal tears for 2 years. His eyes recently started looking bad again so I took him to the regular vet. His tears were well within normal range, so they gave me Antibiotic/Steroid drops and he looked great. After discontinuing drops, his eyes looked bad again.
I then took him to the opthalmologist. They said he has dry eye again and so we brought home Optimmune which is thankfully back on the market. His eyes look terrible. They are red, swollen and full of discharge (1 week after treatment). He is also on Refresh Celluvisc without preservative (a tear replacement) 4-6 times daily. I called the opthalmologist and the student handling the case said there is nothing they can do for him, and it's my fault for discontinuing treatment two years ago.
My boy is nearly 16 and I am having a terrible time watching him suffering. Any suggestions welcome.
13th April 2012, 08:25 PM
13th April 2012, 08:31 PM
I just wanted to add that I have had his tears tested multiple times per year in the past two years and tear test results were always normal.
13th April 2012, 09:17 PM
Oliver has dry eye but has responded well to treatment, unlike your boy. He too is on Optimmune and Visco-Tears (the equivalent of your Celluvisc, I think). The only other thing he has is Lacri-Lube ointment, which is longer-lasting than his daytime stuff; he has it at night to keep his eyes lubricated until the morning. Perhaps get a second opinion from another ophthalmologist? Hope you can get some help, it is such a painful condition and makes them really miserable.
Kate, Oliver and Aled
17th April 2012, 03:02 AM
After that reaction from the Vet, I would be seeking another opinion. Seems they don't want to help you and Misha deserves better.
Could there be a bit of an infection going on which would require antibiotic drops? Sorry, we only dealt with glaucoma with my dog before Claire (non Cavalier). But there was some drop he was given that contained a pain killer to help.
Wishing you the best.
Cindy and Claire
Claire was born on Feb7, 2010
17th April 2012, 05:06 AM
One of mine has severe dry eye and we see an opthomolgist too and whenever we have a set back (having one now b/c outdoor allergies are so bad) she puts us on a two week course of Simplcef, it really clears him up and allows me to get on top of his drops and get him feeling so much better. She said she has some dry eye dogs that are so bad they stay on Simplicef all the time. Even my regular vet has started using it after seeing how well it has worked for Aston. Could be worth looking into.
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