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#20502 - 05/06/04 05:41 AM Ulcers In Sugar Gliders Eyes
Charlie H Offline
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Registered: 11/13/03
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Loc: Wallis Texas
One of the female sugar glider rescues has what appears to be a film over her eyes. They are also sunken in. This does not look like cataracts so I thought maybe it was the inner eyelid not retracting. The vet applied a flourescent stain to the eyes and turned off the lights. Then we looked at her eyes with the help of a special light. The glider had ulcers in both eyes. The vet said the ulcers were drawing moisture from the eyes and that was the reason for the hallow look. Since she is a rescue and we have very little history on her the reason for the ulcers is not known. Our vet speculated they were the result of a previous eye infection. We have to flush her eyes twice a day and apply Terramycin for 7 days. After that period we go back to the vet with her to check on the progress and see if another type of medication may be required. Ulcerated eyes are a first for us. The condition can be treated and corrected but at this time there is no way of knowing if there will be permanent damage.
Charlie H
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#20503 - 05/06/04 08:05 AM Re: Ulcers In Sugar Gliders Eyes [Re: ]
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Registered: 02/22/03
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Awww..the poor little girl! I hope she gets better. We had a cat once many years ago with an eye ulcer. If I recall, we used both drops and an ointment for several weeks (absolutely no clue at this point what they were-it was over 20 years ago)and I remember the eye was okay eventually-I was in my early teens then. Of course I have no basis to compare severity and haven't had a glider in that condition, and no idea at what point irreversible damage occurs. All our hopes for the little one's recovery, though. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/heartpump.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/littleglider.gif" alt="" />
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#20504 - 05/06/04 08:48 AM Re: Ulcers In Sugar Gliders Eyes [Re: ]

Poor poor baby! I hope she feels better soon and you guys get this cleared up. It's not any fun at all for either of yu, I know. Sending get well wishes for her <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

#20505 - 05/06/04 06:28 PM Re: Ulcers In Sugar Gliders Eyes [Re: ]

Corneal ulcers can be due to trauma or infection. If it is in both eyes, infection would seem more likely. Infections can be bacterial or viral. Terramycin is fair for bacterial infections. Vigamox or Ciloxin are two fluoroquinolones that are good eye antibiotics if the terramycin isn't getting it done (same family as baytril).

Viral corneal infections can be stinkers to clear. Although most viral infections in the body are not treatable with meds, antivirals for corneal ulcers do exist and may be worth a look if not improving. (Viroptic, others) The Herpes family often stains with a dendritic pattern, so the fluorescene stain you mentioned is very helpful. Was the staining pattern branching?

The intense inflammation that is occurring sometimes can be treated with steroid eye drops if the infection is coming under control. That may help.

Once the corneal epithelium heals, the water pump in that tissue layer does a better job of taking out the edema, and the resultant clouding improves.

Occasionally the ulcer is too deep or advanced and won't clear, and the eye eventually needs to be removed. Hope she improves uneventfully and quickly. It sounds like your veterinarian is on top of it.

#20506 - 05/06/04 07:01 PM Re: Ulcers In Sugar Gliders Eyes [Re: ]
Charlie H Offline
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Thanks for the info. The ulcers are hard to define. Sort of like ink spots but not exactly concetrated. One eye has what appeared to be two adjoining with one being about twice the size of the other. After treating for only two days, the film seems to have left and the eyes do not look as hallow or dry as they did. It is difficult to tell for sure if the medication is helping or if the flushing and ointment has simply altered the appearance. When we go back Monday, another stain will be more helpful. We are impressed with our new vet. He is totally honest and told us that if the present medication did not help, we had other options. Since we know so little about her history, he is sort of having to use his training and knowledge to try and find the best solution.
Charlie H
Rescue & Rehabilation


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