|Barked: Wed Jan 9, '13 7:53pm PST |
|Vance had a rather unconventional prosthetic eye, in that it was completely internal. The vet measured his eye after removal and fit a sterile silicon ball in it's place to hold up the musculature of his face. Both eyelids were sewn closed over it.
It cost an extra $50. Our vet gave around a 1% chance of complication, less than 1% of serious complication involving the prosthetic. While it is not considered medically necessary - and therefore for appearances only - the deciding factor for me was our extremely social lifestyle. Since Vance had a very fine, narrow build, without his eye to hold up the musculature of his face, it would have collapsed into his empty eye socket.
I didn't care what he looked like. But I didn't want my dog, used to being oo-ed and ah-ed over, to suddenly have to suffer the distaste of the rather shallow general public. Plus other dogs would notice, and some would react with fear or aggression because he'd be different and perceived as weak.
I have absolutely no regrets. If I had to do it over, I'd make the same choice in a heartbeat. When all was said and done, most people didn't even realize he was missing an eye. Some dogs noticed it smelled different, but that was the extent of it.
I never had any trouble telling if he was awake or blinking or whathave, but in his case all of the musculature around his eye was left completely intact. It moved exactly the same as it always had, only his eyelid didn't open anymore.
It's nice to be able to research this... I had the prosthetic question sprung on me when I dropped him off for surgery, so I had roughly 3 min to make a choice. Just consider the factors in your life and his specific surgery (Obviously fine skeletal structure isn't going to play into your choice!), and you'll come to your answer...
Edited by author Wed Jan 9, '13 7:57pm PST
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