We know you’ve all been following Bambi’s health journey over the last couple of weeks and we’re delighted to report that she’s doing well and pretty much back to her normal self. She is, however, experiencing some new developments with regard to her right eye.
You may remember that Bambi has a cataract in her left eye, which receives drops and is monitored regularly. During a recent evaluation, caregiver Tina noticed something a little cloudy in the back of Bambi’s right eye. We began consulting with two veterinary ophthalmologists and they believe, based on photos, that she’s developing a cataract in her right eye as well.
There are medicated drops that we brought in from the US that, in some cases, have slowed the development of cataracts, and have been reported in several cases to potentially break up some of the cataract. Bambi is now on those drops and is in the process of learning some new behaviors that she’ll need for further testing, like getting used to pressure underneath her eye, and having her eye examined in closeup by a flashlight. We’ve scheduled a visit with a wildlife ophthalmologist who will try to do an ultrasound to evaluate lens damage. Since treatment options are almost nonexistent, allowing time for Bambi to get more comfortable for testing will not have any negative effect on the outcome.
Other than surgery, which we are not considering at the moment, there isn’t a fix for Bambi’s cataracts. We will wait to hear what the ophthalmologist is able to see and what she says about any other options that might be available. With Bambi’s bloodwork looking really good, especially for her age, some other internal causes of a cataract can be ruled out. Though Bambi may sometimes seem like a youngster, she’s almost 60-years old; many of us know that as we age we might incur more medical issues, both large and small. We’ll update you on her status after her visit next month, once her tests have been evaluated. She’s getting along well at the moment, although she developed a stiff front right leg that is being treated, but did not fully resolve and is more pronounced on some days. Bambi clearly still has vision, and is spending plenty of quality time with friends.