Yesterday morning, I noticed that something was wrong with her eye- it was opaque and swollen and there was a bit of red in it. I took her to Adobe immediately to have Dr. Nakamura take a look at it, and he confirmed my suspicion with an eye stain - the cornea is scratched, and pretty badly. I was sent home with metacam for the pain and gentamicin sulfate ophthalmic solution (http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/gentamicin_opth_ids.htm).
This evening, however, her eye looks much worse. To be honest, it sort of looks like it is scabbing. There is no pus, discharge, or crusting, and Chava is still active and eating with no problems. I was unable to find any pictures of this type of guinea pig eye injury anywhere online, so I took some of my own:
Mods, feel free to save and use these pictures, since it looks like the site could use them. I will be taking more as the situation progresses, as well.
My question is, is this how it's supposed to look? Chava is scheduled to see the vet again on Friday morning, but I wonder if she shouldn't go in sooner. What do you guys think? As I said, the eye does not look infected at all, and her behavior is otherwise totally normal. Any thoughts welcome!
As I said, feel free to keep and use the pictures. I would have emailed copies to you, but I could not seem to find an email address under the site's contact information.
- I GAVE, dammit!
I wonder whether you need to use the drops more often?
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How the eye looks as of right now, 3am Pacific:
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Chava continues to be in reasonably good spirits, although she does seem a little frustrated with her impaired vision. I haven't noticed her picking at her eye at all, but there are a couple small hairs stuck to it that was was unable to remove. I can update again later tonight before I go to bed, and again after her appointment tomorrow morning.
No new pictures of the eye, as it remains relatively stable at this point.
So, the upshot is that the eye is "dead," meaning it will never heal fully and she will never be able to see out of it again. The two options are as follows: we can have the eye removed, or we can wait for it to shrivel up on its own to the point where it will no longer be an irritation for Chava. Again, both doctors were in agreement that the eye did not look infected or like it was bothering her, and they were of the opinion that it will probably finish "dying" in about a month, at which point it will just be a curiosity. If it does appear to get worse, we can always have it removed at that point. For now, I am discontinuing the Metacam and applying the drops just once a day to maintain a clean environment in the eye.
Chava is generally a very happy pig and continues to be in good spirits, although she does hate those trips to the vet! I gave her a baby carrot when we got home and she seemed pretty happy about that.
I hope it will dry up peacefully on its own. There are a few wild animals here that have lost eyes (a couple squirrels, a racoon). They seemed to have cloudy eyes that gradually got smaller. I no longer see these animals around but did see them for months after I noticed the injuries.
As you can see the "crust" has gotten larger as her eye continues to drain. Not sure how long this process is going to take from start to finish (the vet predicted about a month). The reason it is taking on an almond shape is that it is still soft. When Chava blinks or tries to close her eye, her eyelid naturally compresses it into that shape. She blinks often, but has not been pawing at it at all. She did eat her vegetables this evening with no problem.
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