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    Question Cataract Operation on Totally Blind Dog - Complete Success

    Has anyone had experience of having a blind dog see again? My dog, Bunter, is having an operation soon to have his cataracts removed and new lenses inserted. Because he was rescued from a pound, we have no idea how long he has been blind, except that cataracts seem to have been there for many years. Bunter is about 10 years of age and a Pomeranian crossed, I think, with a Corgi as he is a very solid dog.

    Naturally, I am going to have a further discussion with the specialist before the operation (scheduled for 14 June), but I would be interested to know if anyone has had a dog who had the operation and how the dog presented when he/she could see again. Anything at all, I'd be interested to hear.

    I heard stories of people who have had sight to a greater or lesser degree restored and the outcome isn't always good in terms of their quality of life.
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    I think the outcome may depend a lot on the expertise of the person doing the op, it is very expensive too as far as I have heard, have not had any blind dogs with cateracts but did once have dog who went partially blind after a snake bite, she learnt very quickly to get around by smell until her sight came back, I used to put certain smells at key points to guide her so she knew where things were, even smear a smell on edges of furniture ect, she would negotiate all this so well she hardly seemed blind for the time she actually was blind

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    I think there are many factors (and I am no specialist), so the outcome will be very specific to the dogs circumstances.
    - How long the animal has been blind
    - what the original cause of blindness was
    -if the "connection" /nerves between the eye and the brain are still intact

    If blind from birth by paediatric cateracts then I think it does not wk as the optic nerve never developed between the eye and brain.

    I have a 1 eyed dog and worry that something will happen to his remaining eye. I hope you can continue to update the progress of your dog, I would be very interested in following his story.

    Best of luck.

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    I wish ur little dog the best of luck for his surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessalyon View Post
    I wish ur little dog the best of luck for his surgery.
    Thanks, tessalyon.

    The specialist doing the surgery is one of the leaders and teachers in this field and he is totally confident after extensive examination that Bunter will see again. His expertise is not the question .

    I am interested in other people's experience.

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    Based on Fred Hollows book about returning sight to people, it takes them a little while to learn what the new (restored?) sensations mean and bright light hurts at first - so you might want to keep the dog inside for a while and walk when the sun is not so bright ie early mornings and late evenings, or when overcast.

    I get the impression that cateract removal is straight forward but the op site is small and fiddly ie an eye.

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    Well, tomorrow is Bunter's Big Day. I am so excited for him as I believe he will be so much happier being able to see. Although he manages so well that in the house I forget he is blind, I know he is going to enjoy his walks so much more when he can see. I am sure he will enjoy his life so much more when he can see ........ and I will no excuse his going to the toilet on the deck anymore either - LOL.

    There will be one downside, however: I will have to hide because he thinks I'm beautiful

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    Well, tomorrow is Bunter's Big Day. I am so excited for him as I believe he will be so much happier being able to see. Although he manages so well that in the house I forget he is blind, I know he is going to enjoy his walks so much more when he can see. I am sure he will enjoy his life so much more when he can see ........ and I will no longer excuse his going to the toilet on the deck anymore either - LOL.

    There will be one downside, however: I will have to hide because he thinks I'm beautiful

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    going to the toilet on the deck - is something dogs that can see that the lawn is cold and wet will do.

    I used to carry dog into middle of lawn to get her feet wet and not allow her back inside until she'd gone.

    Ta for the update, can't wait to see how it turns out. I imagine Bunter will be a bit confused for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    going to the toilet on the deck - is something dogs that can see that the lawn is cold and wet will do.

    I used to carry dog into middle of lawn to get her feet wet and not allow her back inside until she'd gone.

    Ta for the update, can't wait to see how it turns out. I imagine Bunter will be a bit confused for a while.
    I am sure that will be the case. However, he is a pretty intelligent dog, so I imagine his transition will be fast.

    Hopefully the operation will go well. Not 100% guaranteed , of course, and I am counting the hours until I can telephone at 5.30pm.

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