One morning Homer's human noticed that one of his eye's looked different to the other 😲. This can't be good he thought, and he was right 😔.
Homer had a cloudy eye which is often a sign of pink eye, an eye infection that can cause blindness if not treated. The vet prescribed the usual antibiotics so Homer had to start having some injections and antibiotic eye cream. Putting eye cream into the eye when the patient is fighting you is not easy and you have to be careful not to damage the eye.
Unfortunately Homer's eye didn't respond to the antibiotics and it kept getting more cloudy and then it started turning blueish. The vet came again and gave him another type of antibiotic and some special drops to help it heal. She said the blueish colour was actually a good sign because it means the area is filling up with repair cells. Homer's eye wasn't showing the typical signs of pink eye and it wasn't causing him any discomfort which was the only good news. The infection had caused a corneal oedema.
A week later though it was still the same and his human started to worry Homer could lose his eye 🤯. All hands on deck this is a woolly emergency! Time to get the vet out again.
This time the vet ran more tests and inspected the eye to check the pupil was dilating normally, thankfully it was. Poor Homer had to put up with two injections directly into the eye however. This wasn't easy and Homer had to be sedated with some valium. We had to hold him down and keep his head very still. During the first attempt he managed to move so there was a little bleeding but the second and third attempt were successful, phew.
Homer's eye was swollen so he also had some anti-inflammatories and was prescribed a steroid eye drop to keep the swelling down. Swelling can cause permanent damage so it's important to keep it down.
Five days later Homers eye still hadn't improved so it was time to see if he could see a veterinary ophthalmologist (eye specialist). At this point Homer had been given the following medications:
- Penicillin injected subcutaneously.
- Cloxacillin based antibiotic eye cream.
- Oxytetracycline antibiotics injected subcutaneously.
- BioHAnce ocular repair gel.
- Penicillin injected directly into the eye area with some Valium first as a sedative. Sheep don't respond well to anaesthesia so this was just enough to calm him down. He got a bit wobbly on his knees.
- MeloxiVet anti-inflammatory injected muscular.
- Anti-inflammatory steroid eye drops.
Unfortunately the only local ophthalmologist was unavailable so his human took a lot of photos so some more vets could take a look. If you're interested you can see all Homers eye photos here.
Finally some hopefully positive news. After the vets reviewed Homers eye photos they think that the infection has gone and now it's a matter of making sure it doesn't come back while continuing the eye drops to help it heal. Homer's human is still optimistic that his eye will fully recover but there is a chance that the cloudiness will be permanent.
Homer's vet bills are very expensive so we would like to thank the kind folks who donated to help Little Homer. This really helped and we greatly appreciate your support! Special thanks to: Anja T, Cherlyn A, Marcia K, Lydia H, Rosalynde P, Qiuying Z, Pamela D, and Sharon H.