If you’ve been with us for a while then you know our track record with western screech owls and eye injuries. We get several of these patients in a year. Once stabilized they head to Bliss Animal Eye Care, Inc. to see the wonderfully dedicated Dr. Cassandra Bliss.
This is our latest guy. Patient 19-175 was found sitting in the middle of a road in Ashland – likely hit by a car. Dr. Bliss used an ultrasound to get a good look at the damage. This patient had a cataract and puncture on one eye and a detached retina on the other. Dr. Bliss donated the surgery on this guy. He is in our ICU right now and he has a guarded prognosis since the damage was so severe.
Dr. Bliss also did an eye exam on a western pond turtle patient. This guy was hit by a car – unfortunately a common fate for turtles. His shell was busted and there was some significant trauma to his eye. We have started treatment on the broken shell and he is getting antibiotics and a pain reliever regularly to keep him comfortable. However, this patient is still too critical to undergo surgery. The plan right now is to have Dr. Bliss follow up on the eye trauma once the patient has stabilized.