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    Defaultpoor eye sight?

    I have a lab that has always had issueswith how well he can see. He runs into things a lot, and among other things, just can not see very well. He had issues with lympthnoids (sp?) below his eyes getting swollen to the point that they looked like his lower eye lid was turned inside out and swollen. The vet gave me some drops that were some sort of steroid and that took care of the swelling, and he looked better. But still can't see better.
    I asked the vet before about his eyesight, and she took a cotton ball (no sent, and no noise) and dropped it in front of his face. Titus could see it, but there was plenty of light and it was pretty close to him.
    I live in Kettering Ohio, I need to find a vet in the dayton area that can actually diagnose what is wrong with him and possably treat it.
    Does any one have any suggestions, or has any one had any issues like this?
    thanx
    scott

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    I just got back from a small town vet. (gettin shots updated is a lot cheaper here then back in dayton). The vet said for sure that he has cataracs in both eyes, and that surgery is a big deal and will cost thousands. Holly crap, thousands. Does anyone have more info or suggestions on this?

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    DefaultRe: poor eye sight?

    I'm sorry to hear about Titus's eye problems. What a bummer!

    If I were in your posistion, I'd take my dog to the vet clinic at OSU. It won't be free but their charges will probably be less than a veterinary ophthamologist in private practice. They will also have access to the latest information and technology and will be able to best discuss your treatment options.
    Here's a link to the Ophthamolgy page:
    http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/docs/d.../case4/584.htm

    God luck and please keep us updated on what happens with Titus.

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    DefaultRe: poor eye sight?

    I would suggest looking for a veterinary opthamologist in your area. An eye specialist is going to give you a much better idea of what you are dealing with and treatment options.

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    DefaultRe: poor eye sight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caseys Mom

    If I were in your posistion, I'd take my dog to the vet clinic at OSU.
    I will be checking into OSU a lot, thank you.

    scott

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    DefaultRe: poor eye sight?

    I STRONGLY second Casey's Mom's suggestion.

    In the past, several JL forum members were well pleased with OSU's Vet services.

    I routinely use K-State's CollVetMed Tchng Hospl.
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    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
    http://forum.justlabradors.com/showt...?p=748#post748

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    You might want to ask Labrador Life Line for some help with the cost. www.labradorlifeline.org/index.html
    good luck
    Olie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oonas Dad
    You might want to ask Labrador Life Line for some help with the cost.* www.labradorlifeline.org/index.html
    good luck
    Olie
    Thank you for the link, I applied. But I think I may need to do some more homework and checking on treatment options before I can get an approval. Aside from just getting him in for an eye exam and finding out how much it will cost and other things like that, I'm afraid this is going to take a while to sort it all out and get him taken care of.
    I can't wait to see what a difference it will make in the way he acts.
    I take the boys for walks and Jersey goes all over the place like you would expect a dog on the loose to do, while Titus either follows Jersey around or stays pretty close to me like he is afraid that he won't be able to find me if he gets too far away. I have to make sure I keep making noise for him (espesially at night) so that he can keep track of where I'm at. The vet confirmed what I've known for a long time, he can see, just not very well. The vet said he can probably see better off to the side then straight in front of him since he has to look through the cataracts.
    Well, it's good to be back with them even if he can't see worth a crap. I'm sure they will be happy to go home, it's been just over a year now (I was in Iraq). They will have the yard to go and play in again, and the neighbor has a couple new lab/golden mix pups, plus a golden about the same age that they used to play with all the time.

    scott

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    scott...just read this now... Good luck with your boy and definitely get another opinion from a specialist.

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    Hi,

    My brother's lab is 5 and has had cataracts since she was very young. The surgery is not something he could afford either. But Dandi has adjusted amazingly well. She has some limited vision and has uses her sense of smell to help her as well. If you came around to see her, you would probably not even notice the fact that she can't really see. She runs, she plays, she fetches, etc.
    So even if you can't do the surgery, your lab can adjust.

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