In January of 2012, we looked into the possibility of cataract surgery to help Quito’s eyesight. Dr. McCalla in Bellingham, Washington put Quito through three assessment visits to check his suitability for surgery. He was found to have PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), which was the cause of his cataracts. Although Dr. McCalla told us that surgery would not fully restore his vision and that he might not have functional vision after surgery because his retinas were fairly damaged, we wanted Quito to have every chance of having at least some vision. Quito was first placed on Ocu-GLO Rx (Dr. McCalla said that he would need to be on this the rest of his life) to help his retinas and support his eye health in anticipation of surgery. On March 7, 2012, Quito had cataract surgery on both eyes and since then, has made steady progress on a path to life with vision. We knew Quito’s vision after surgery would not be very good, but Dr. McCalla believed there was a decent chance that he would have better vision with surgery than he did without surgery, and that if Quito stayed on Ocu-GLO Rx forever following surgery, he might retain enough vision to be useful for him.
Now, Quito is much more active--making his way all over the house, climbing on and off furniture, guarding the front door when the bell goes off, and watching the world go by when he is in the car. He has been on Ocu-GLO Rx and additional lutein supplementation, and Dr. McCalla is very encouraged by his progress. Quito has become playful and willing to go on walks, and we are now living with a happy dog that can see the world, where the world and his life were once darkness. We feel very good to be part of this experience for Quito. He completely deserves the life that he has today.
The first picture is Quito at Christmastime, shortly after we brought him home and prior to his cataract surgery.
The second picture is Quito about three months after cataract surgery. His pupils now constrict much better in sunlight than they once did, which is a really good sign. He is such a happy dog!