Veterinary Ophthalmology, Bringing Light into Darkness: Mariah’s Story

One of our greatest pleasures of working with animals at WestVet is celebrating the successes.

Recently we received a message from Diana regarding her beloved dog, Mariah, and eye surgery for cataracts. Mariah, a Tibetan Terrier (Dhoki Apso) will soon celebrate her 13th birthday. Mariah Veterinary Ophthalmology Cataract Surgery Success at WestVet

Adopted at age 7, she and Diana have formed a tight, loving bond. At age eight, Maria was diagnosed with diabetes, and then one year later, at just nine years old, this sweet girl was seen at WestVet by Dr. Carrie Breaux, a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist. It was discovered that Mariah was suffering from severe cataracts. In fact, it was clear that Mariah’s vision was severely impaired.

According to DogBreed.com, the Tibetan Terrier is a breed that traditionally lives up to fifteen years—so Mariah had half her life still ahead of her. After a consultation and thorough exam from Dr. Breaux, Diana says she decided to pursue the surgery so that Mariah could “see the beautiful world as long as possible.”

The cataract surgery was a success! Diana says she knew immediately it had been successful because as she arrived at WestVet to get Mariah and take her home, Mariah heard Diana’s voice and spun around to see this person she loved – and had only seen as shadows before. This phenomenon continued at home, as Mariah would hear a familiar voice she would quickly turn around and a get a good look at the face of the people she had loved for years. Veterinary Ophthalmology Cataract Surgery Success At WestVet

Over the past few years, Mariah has continued follow up care. She and her family do not live in Boise, so Dr. Breaux works with their family primary care veterinarian to monitor her progress and ensure that she is doing well. Mariah’s owner had this to say about the successful cataract surgery that changed their families’ life, “The thoughtful care and concern over her eyes and general physical condition, has never wavered. Every day I marvel over what was possible and that Dr. Breaux, her team, and I were able to restore Mariah’s sight.  It’s a gift I know she appreciates!”

 

Primary care veterinarians provide ongoing, loving care for our pets, however sometimes to meet the need for advanced eye care a referral to an American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) certified specialist is necessary.Veterinary Ophthalmology at WestVet That’s where WestVet come in. Dr Carrie Breaux, DVM, MVSc, is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). This distinction is given to veterinarians who have met numerous stringent requirements including successful completion of veterinary school, completion of a one-year internship, three years of specialized training in an ophthalmology residency program, and successful completion of written and practical examinations. In addition, a veterinary specialist is required to maintain their skills through annual continuing education.

We are delighted that Mariah is enjoying the sights of her humans and the world around her.

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