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Hurrah for Henry, his sight is saved!

29 June 2016

Henry is a lovely dog that was out running with his owner one Saturday morning when tragedy struck...

Henry ran away from his owner, chasing something thought to be a rabbit or a squirrel, and unfortunately he was hit by a van. His owners rushed him off to his own vet for emergency treatment. He received excellent emergency care from his vet, but unfortunately this accident left him with a traumatic injury in which his eye had proptosed (the eye ball comes out of the socket). Henry was referred to Willows to see ophthalmic Specialist Heidi Featherstone.

 

Henry left with a traumatic injury in which his eye had proptosed (the eye ball comes out of the socket)

 

When Henry arrived at Willows he was triaged by an extensive team of Specialist clinicians due to the extent of his injuries. The Specialist team included an ophthalmologist (Heidi) to examine the eye injury, a neurologist to examine Henry for signs of head injury and a radiologist to examine the radiographs sent from his vet and to perform further radiographic studies.

Henry was anaesthetised by an anaesthesia Specialist as he had also suffered bruises to his lungs during the accident and required intensive monitoring during the emergency eye surgery. Heidi performed the procedure of replacing the eye back into the socket; the eyelids were then stitched together to protect the eye for a short period of time. Henry stayed in the hospital for a few days for close monitoring and treatment before he was reunited with his loving owners.

Due to the traumatic nature of this type of injury, Henry’s owners were advised that Henry could lose the sight in this eye! This was a very worrying time for everyone involved. Henry was examined again 6 days later and the stitches were removed from his eyelids. After a thorough eye examination Heidi was delighted to say that Henry still had vision in that eye and that his accident had just left a large but superficial ulcer on the surface of the eye (this had occurred due to Henry not being able to blink whilst his eye was proptosed) which could be treated with medication.

 

Henry’s affected eye 6 days after the accident, with a large but superficial ulcer on the surface of the eye. This healed over time with medication.

Henry’s affected eye 6 days after the accident, with a large but superficial ulcer on the surface of the eye. This healed over time with medication

 

Henry 6 days after the accident

Henry 6 days after the accident

 

Henry 1 month after the accident

Henry 1 month after the accident

 

Henry’s owners were absolutely delighted with this news, especially as only 20% of cases with this type of injury are known to retain vision.

 

Here are some lovely photos of Henry now he has fully recovered and enjoying life at home.

 

Henry fully recovered and enjoying life

 

Henry fully recovered and enjoying life

 

Henry fully recovered and enjoying life

 

Henry fully recovered and enjoying life

 

Henry fully recovered and enjoying life

 

Henry fully recovered and enjoying life

 

Henry on the beach