Dogs

Formerly Blind Dog Sees After Surgery

November 16th, 2017

The gift of sight is one sometimes taken for granted.

For example, how would you describe the color red to someone who can’t see? How would you describe flowers, the sky or the ocean?

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Some things are simply indescribable.

In fact, the thought of losing your sight is the biggest fear for many Americans. One survey found that losing your vision would be as bad or worse than losing hearing, memory, speech or a limb.

But for some people, blindness is an unfortunate reality.

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However, there is some hope.

Some people suffering from blindness can recover their sight if they qualify for eye surgery.

But qualifying for this surgery depends on the cause of your blindness.

For instance, if you are only legally blind, you can have a surgery to repair it. The procedure is called a vitrectomy, which “removes the jellylike tissue behind the lens of the eye and replaces it with a saline solution”. Within a few months of healing, legally blind patients had a sight restored to 20/20 rather than the average of 20/1290.

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Isn’t it just remarkable how far science has come?

And perhaps even better, thanks to scientific development, it’s not just people who can recover their sight – animals can too!

One lucky Irish Terrier got to experience getting his sight back, and his ecstatic reaction says it all.

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Duffy, a lovable Irish Terrier and rescue dog, has had many struggles with his health. He developed diabetes, and at one point lost his eyesight due to the illness.

His diabetes became stabilized with the help of medication, but Duffy was not the same without his sight. I can only imagine how he must have felt, from being able to see his beloved family one day to not being able to see anything, let alone their faces, at all. The confusion from that experience must have been disorienting to the poor pup.

Thankfully, Duffy’s story gets better. Duffy qualified for an eye surgery that would be able to restore his sight. It was great news for this very good boy.

Duffy’s family didn’t hesitate to sign Duffy up for the surgery. His treatment and surgery took place at the Veterinary Referral Center in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

The video below shows Duffy coming out of surgery and seeing his parents for the first time in months.

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As Duffy’s tail wags a thousand miles per hour (only a slight overexaggeration, I think), you can see how truly happy and excited he is to see his family again for the first time in months.

In fact, he is so excited that he even starts making little high-pitched cries – his own way of showing tears of joy. It is truly so heartwarming and touching to see. Duffy probably thinks it’s a miracle, and in some ways, it was!

Dr. Kevin Kumrow was the veterinarian who regulated Duffy’s diabetes. Once he was stable for surgery, Dr. Brady Beale operated on him.

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Together, the two doctors gave this dog another chance to live a happy and fulfilled life, and it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving pup.

Duffy got a new lease on life, which I’m sure will be spent with plenty of leash walks! Hooray for Duffy!

Check out the incredibly touching moment below. I can’t stop smiling watching it!

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