I recently received an update email from Karla Siebert regarding Colton and his recovery. Here is her email in part as I have trimmed some of it, due to it’s length.
Colton was taken back to ISU on Friday. Dr. Betts, the surgeon and the ophthalmologist at ISU explained to us the eye, the procedure and the possibilities of his sight in that eye. His report was this “Colton will never be able to read, however he should be able to see objects at afar and his sight should improve in weeks to come”. The second vet, came in and did a new test on Colton’s retinas in both eyes. The retina’s have been damaged, and said it’s unknown if Colton will be able to see in either eye.
We loaded Colton back onto the trailer, and came home. Once Colton was back to his foster home, he jumped out of the horse trailer, and his buddies Blaze and Sonny came dashing over to greet him. Colton immediately put his head up in the air “looked” straight at both of them and cried out.
“Colton will never be able to read, however he should be able to see objects at afar and his sight should improve in weeks to come.”
We led him into the pasture, where Blaze did his little posturing of “Hey buddy I’m the king here”, and for the first time ever, I experienced Colton’s posturing. He cranked his neck, nose to nose with Blaze, (vs. running Blaze over because he couldn’t see him like before) and they both smelled each others nose, and Colton went to the rear to do the same thing. Then Sonny came trotting over to Colton and he did the same thing.
Colton ran around some, and again for a first time, he slammed on his brakes about 8 feet from the fence and stopped. vs. possibly running into it, as he has come very close to doing that in the past. Having the new snow here, I wasn’t sure how he would recover if he couldn’t see, because his marks have been recently covered with snow. He did very well. He looked at trees, and then we went into the paddock area where the barn is with Blaze. Colton appeared to look at things as he has not done in the past. He went into all three stalls without bumping into his sides, walked in each of them, took a nibble of hay from each stall and came out to be with Blaze.
The long term effect on this particular eye is unknown. I am confident that he does see things, just not close up. Because of the retina damage we are unsure what the next step is, except to watch him for the next 45-60 days and see how he comes along. “IF” he appears to still have some vision in the 1st eye, we will reevaluate the second eye for the possibility of removing the second cataract.