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Old 05-17-2012, 03:42 PM  
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Eye Removal Surgery Pictures. Extreemly Graphic.

Having a barf bag handy is recommended!!!

In stocks with a chin rest. The catheter is to keep the sedation in place.


Yes, that is a needle, all the way down. She is preparing to deaden the optic nerve.


Deadening the surrounding tissue.


The eye is prepped and shaved.


Tissue being removed.


Removal complete.


Done. Swelling will be present for a few days.


I am pretty tough and I had to walk away several times. Just glad it is over!!!
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I watched a couple eye removals at the vet clinic I worked at, but on dogs. never could quite get "used" to it though
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I bravely looked at that, and had a really hard time with it. Glad that you were able to get this done for her, though.
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Interesting....Not what I expected...the needle in the eye got me a little...dont like needles.

Not to be gross...but so what happens now? Under the closed eye will be a hole/sunken place where the eye was? So the eye lids will grow closed or will there always be stitches?

Like I said I dont mean to be gross or seem "creepy" I just like "knowing" stuff. I ask (pester) the vet/trainer so many questions I think they are glad when I leave.
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:38 PM  
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I am exactly like that, I ask questions; a lot!!
The stitches come out in two weeks, the edges of the lids were removed along with the eye and tissue. It will sink in, a lot of tissue was removed. She, the vet, said it is amazing how much of the tissue has to do with tear production. The area could fill and become infected. There is even more to it, I have to summarize what my memory banks manage to hold on to!
There really isn't a fake eye for horses, too much risk of infection. I might just try making her an eye patch. She could be a pirate!
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Please - I missed this story - why was her eye removed? Just curious, I have a pony with an eye infection and had the vet out today. He said it could be a number of things, uveitis being one of them. I've heard such horror stories about uveitis, I am quite worried. He gave me some opthalmalic gel to use on the eye and we'll see what happens.

Edited: I found the other thread on this story. I am so sorry, poor ol' girl!
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:07 PM  
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HA! Get her one of those fly masks that can be painted and make her one! That would be funny.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:21 PM  
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Yikes. Good for you for taking pictures of that, I would have been laying on the ground passed out cold!
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:21 PM  
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I did come close!!
It took a long time cutting all that tissue out, since it has to be done so very carefully. I missed quite a bit, being in the house, laying down with a cold cloth over my face!
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Please - I missed this story - why was her eye removed? Just curious, I have a pony with an eye infection and had the vet out today. He said it could be a number of things, uveitis being one of them. I've heard such horror stories about uveitis, I am quite worried. He gave me some opthalmalic gel to use on the eye and we'll see what happens.

Edited: I found the other thread on this story. I am so sorry, poor ol' girl!
I was told there was an injury. The vet said that the damage does look like what uveitis does. It's like the eye disintegrates, collapses in. I just hope her other eye holds up! There is already vision loss in it. Maybe it is easier if an animal losses it's vision very slowly. Learns how to cope. At first I thought she was very trusting. Now I feel more like she's very brave, she trusts herself more than any human. Now she has a chance to learn to trust. I will do everything I can to earn that trust!
Do whatever you can to help your pony and ask the vet lots of questions!!
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:42 PM  
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A friend of mine had to have one of her horses eyes removed about a month ago. They did put a prostetic eye into the socket so that it would just look like he always had his eye closed but it would not sink in.
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I hate assisting in eye removals. So bloody. With dogs, we put in the artificial globes, but we stopped because after a few months to a year, they all seemed to develop issues and would have drainage.
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I'd be willing to bet that she will be MUCH more comfortable this way!
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:48 AM  
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She's doing great! Eating her feed with the meds in it just fine.
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Maybe it is easier if an animal losses it's vision very slowly.
I think that it is just sort of easier all around for animals, because they don't think about what they have lost, or what the future may hold, they just deal with the now, and get on with it.

Of course it is still a huge thing for them, and yes your trust and bond in and with each other will grow, you are all the more important to her now. I bet her biggest thought though is my eye feels so much better now, the hurt has stoped
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I just worry about post op pain and possible issues. She is doing great, and I can brush wisps of hay and/or whatever, away from her face and eye without so much as a flinch. She seems pain free. Of course she's getting two grams of bute per day right now!! I do have a mask on her during the day.
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Thanks for posting- those pics were actually very neat (I had to consider for a few minutes if I was brave enough- blood doesn't bother me, but sometimes seeing things to do with the face/head does for some reason). The descriptions were also very helpful and interesting (ie. deadening the optic nerve first).

Glad she is mending well.
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