Saturday, 20 December 2008

Eye, eye!



I had to go back to the hospital last week for them to look at my eyes. Yawn. The cataracts in my left eye are very pronounced. That sort of explains why I keep walking into things. My right eye is doing OK though. The ophthalmologist had lots of spooky equipment and kept turning the lights out to look into my eyes with ginormous goggley things and bright lights, but I didn't mind cos I'm used to J1 poking about with them all the time. Some of you may remember my photos from last year of the Schirmer's eye test, which measures tear production.



I know it looks gruesome, but it's really not that bad. I hope that if any of you pups need to have this test you'll remember these photos and be as brave as me!

Anyway, my eyes have to be checked every 3 months to monitor the level of deterioration but surgery would be a last resort cos I've had more than enough operations to last a lifetime!

32 comments:

Patience-please said...

There are some cataracts in this house, too, Jackson! We do okay, and the young 'uns help with the oldsters by guiding them round and bumping into us.. err, them.
Maybe we could lend you Swede William for a while!!! Like... a dog year!!!

wags from the older whippets

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

Hi Jackson! The picture of you having that eye test could have won first prize in T-Bone Beasley's scary eye contest! We sure hope you never have to have another surgery! Penny and I (Poppy) both have cataracts and so far, we are doing okay. We bump into stuff once in a while too, but it doesn't slow us down any.

We hope your whole family has a pawsome Christmas!

Aire-hugs,
Poppy, Penny & Patches

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Hi Jackson!

You have surely been through the mill with the operations.

I am sorry to read about your Cat A Rats, but it was interesting because apparently I have got some small Cat A Rats, although I thought they would be called Kitten A Rats.

Have a lovely Christmas, my friend, and I hope this next year will be good to you and your J.

love and licks, Marvin xxxxx

love from Jeannie xxxxxxxxx

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

One of my mom's earlier Sibes had dry eye so Ladygray had to do the tears test from time to time - she was furry brave like woo!

Sorry those khatyakhk things are bugging woo -

Paws khrossed and sibe vibes blowing 'khross the 'lantikh fur woo!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Wahoo...ya woulda won the scary eye for sure, just like the P girlies said above!!!

Our last foxy had cataracts from age two...crazy huh...he um...once attacked a stone flower pot with geraniums in it....oh was he ever embarrassed!!! Mumsie's dad offered to buy him a white cane...sarcasm runs in this family....

Barkin' at ya Jax!!!!!

Scruffman

Lacy said...

w00f's Jackson, mama had them things too, but she gotted hers tooked off...good thing too, me woodnt wanted to ride around wiff her...

b safe,
~rocky~

Pipa said...

Hi, Jackson!
I want to tell you that you are really very brave! I'm sure you'll get better!
Your blog is great!
I look up to you!


Pipa

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Abby said...

Hi, Jackson...

You are sooo brave...Your Mom must be sooo proud of you...

My Kittie sister, Tigger has those
Cat-R-Acts, too...

Abby xxxooo

Noah the Airedale said...

G'day J mate,
Goodness we had to take a second look at that photo. We're glad it's not as bad as it looks. You must be the bravest dog we know. You're very lucky the J's look after you so well.
Take care matie and a very Merry Christmas to you and the Js.

love from
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

Gus said...

We have some concern about my eyes too. My vet says it is not at all unusual. I would volunteer to send Teka to be your companion animal.

gussie

Eric said...

Jeepers Jackson.Where's the warning??? That photo should have been X rated. Mom's gone green and not with envy..and I..well I feel a bit wibbly. Not as brave as you. Hope you don't have to have another operation pal. Instead make the J's fetch and carry everything for you.

Wiry wags, Eric xx

Maggie and Mitch said...

Our mom is squirming as she's checking out your Schirmer's eye test picture! We think you're very brave, Jackson! You've sure had more than enough surgeries!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Lorenza said...

Hi, Jackson!
I remember that picture!
Paws crossed you will not need another surgery!
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Hollie and Janie said...

Jackson,
You must be the bravest pup I know!! I hope you have a lovely Christmas!!
Love,
Janie

Asta said...

Deawest Jax
You awe the bwavewt..and I will always wemembew to live up to youw example when I need to have scawy tests done..I hope I can be a cwedit to you.
My Bwuvvew angel Nikki had catawacts and eventooally when he was weal ol, he couldn't see..Mommi was fweecked out, but nikki didn't cawe at all, he was just as happy and playful and would bump into things, and then back up, and keep going..he was also a hewo of mine. I hope you nevew have to have the suwgewy..I'm thinking pawsitive thoughts fow you and pwaying that you stay well my dawling fwiend
smoochie kisses
ASTA

Amber-Mae said...

Oh, I think Joy has cataract. Maybe not but it sure looks like it. Oh Jackson, hope it's nothing really serious. Anything can be done to prevent it?

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Bogart said...

Hey Jackson, paws crossed that everything is ok with those eyes of yours!!!

Love,
Bogart

the 4 Bs said...

hi Jackson, you sure do have more than your share of ailments, kiddo. we're glad you are such a good sport about it and you are doing great! we are proud of you!

you have a very pretty eye.

thank you for your card. we put it on a very special place on our 'door of cards' so we can look at it and think of you every day!

woofs.

Joe Stains said...

Too bad you can't just get some studious looking glasses! You are the bravest dog I know after all you have been through.

Agatha and Archie said...

Well we say no more surgery and Archie said he would be glad to help you around if you should ever get to that point which you will not. And Jax?? Serioulsy don't ever take him up on that offer..Love A+A

Amici said...

I hope everything with your eye works out. Surgery sounds not too fun.

We're glad you got our card. Thanks for stopping by our blog.

Dewey Dewster said...

Geez Jackson...

Yer a walkin' health disaster fer sure....ya just go from one problem ta another but it's great at see ya still walkin' around and lookin' so good too.....hope ya have the best Christmas ever and get a fresh start in life in the New Year....after all miracles always happen over the holidays....

Dewey Dewster here....

Pippa said...

One of my predecessors had cataracts too but he seemed to manage ok, so long as mistress left everything in the same place - hardly a problem as she never cleans anyway.

Oh, and I'm sorry to say she's found J1's blog now, so that's another one that will be distracting her from her prime duty of writing MY blog.

Pippa

George the Pup said...

My Aire-Aunts have cataracts too - sometimes they bump into things, but mostly it doesn't bug them too much!

I got your card the other day, thank you so much! I wanted to applogize, because Mommy forgot to send yours out before she left for her holiday trip home. She promised me that she would take care of it as soon as she gets back home!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!
George

Toby said...

Jackson, I've had the tear test done just last month!! But it's def. not as scary as it looks. My eyes are super dry b/c mom has the heat cranked up full blast. The vet prescribed some eye drops and now its much better.

Mom and I are hoping you won't need another surgery.

Luv,
Tobes

Cassidy said...

Harry has cataracts too and he sometimes walks into the wall, but luckily he has a hard head!

Nibbles
Cassidy x

Stanley said...

JAX!

I think Gussie had the right idea. Maybe we could rotate Teka & Stella out every other month to be your companion dogs! Whatdya say?

In the meantime, we're sending some healing goob smooches to help out with the eyes!

You are a BRAVE Wirey guy, man!

Goober love,
Stanley

Sal and Ruf said...

My hooman Grandma has cat-e-racks but she can see money at 50 feet. Don't worry buddy, you could get a guide hooman, no they would be too bossy.
As long as you got your sniffer you are good by us.
Merry Xmas Bud

Wired for Mackie said...

Happy Holiday's dearest Jackson!!

Your pals, Mackie, Ollie and Finnegan

William Tell said...

Gotta take good care of those eyes, Jackson. And that equipment can be scary, but we know you're a tough guy!

Have a great Christmas tomorrow!

Happy Tails,
William Tell

Raising Addie said...

Hi Jackson!

I had to do that tear test yesterday! I was very brave and let them do what they needed to do.

I hope you are feeling better!

Kisses
Addie