Sara Bell, a 9 year old Boston Terrier, came for an exam in early February with the chief complaint of cloudy, painful eyes with excessive tears. On exam, we found significant inflammation in the part of the eye in front of the iris/pupil and conjunctivitis. She was in a lot of pain and didn't want to open her eyes.
We tried to treat with drops and oral pain relief, but two weeks later she had conreal ulcers and the pain continued. Now the intra-ocular pressures were very high. Glaucoma had developed. We sent Sara Bell to Dallas the next week (3/16) for an ophthalmic consult and their diagnosis was the same, but included dislocation of both lenses. Prognosis was very poor. Their suggestion was bilateral enucleation (eye removal). She was already blind in both eyes with no hope of medical improvement.
The owners brought her back in to see Dr. Burns and he performed his first bilateral enucleation on March 21st. He said, "I have removed many eyes in my career, but this is the first bilateral enucleation I have performed. The results were so gratifying and I thanked the owners for allowing me to help their baby." The surgery went very smoothly and Sara Bell was an amazing patient. At the first post-op visit, she was completely pain free and was jumping around and licking the whole staff. Completely different animal than before surgery. We took her suture out 10 days post-op and I think you can see a smile on her face in the second picture. The owners say she is adjusting well, goes in and out of the house and even runs around!
We are so glad that we could be a small part of Sara Bell's happy ending!
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