You’d have to See it to Believe it!

Written on August 31, 2011 by Ophthalmology Hospital: Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital

Meet Collin Preston, a 12 year-old cairn terrier with a lot of life to live. Collin has battled several ocular conditions over the years including cataracts, dry eye, glaucoma and many more. Most recently, he underwent an enucleation procedure at Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital to remove his only remaining eye.

The bandana allows strangers to approach Collin with understanding

Prior to surgery, Collin had been seen through our 24 hour emergency service for elevated intraocular pressure, blindness and pain due to glaucoma. The difficult decision to remove the eye was made to alleviate his discomfort. The routine surgery was performed without complication by Dr. Cassotis.

When Collin arrived for his final ophthalmic appointment 3 short weeks later, he and his family were  greeted with great anticipation by the ophthalmology team. His family had outfitted him with a  bandanna that stated “I’m Blind” in red letters across a  bright yellow background. The accessory served to let strangers know he was unable to see and to approach him with understanding.

There was no lack in energy as Collin soaked up the attention displaying copious tail wags, playful barking and bowing. When asked how he’s been doing at home, Mrs. Preston replied with a smile, “He’s like a puppy again.”

Collin nosing a ball

Quality of life is often questioned when a cat or dog faces permanent blindness. However, as Collin shows us here, dogs and cats can adapt very quickly to the change by relying on their other primary senses. An exceptional sense of smell, hearing and the motivation to taste everything, aids in the acclimation process.

The Preston Family photographed with their dog Collin.

Photographs and video were taken at his reexamination to document his excellent recovery and his contagious exuberance. His story is a testament of continued quality of life despite becoming permanently blind.

Watch this short video of Collin interacting with staff and his family during his most recent check up.


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