How much treatment for the really senior horse?
Ugh! I knew this day would come eventually but I was hoping it was still a long ways off. My 29 year old horse has been diagnosed with glaucoma. From everything I have read and what my vet has told me, the prognosis is not good. There really appears to be no long term treatment; he is on atropine, banamine, and some other drops for the glaucoma for now. He is very stoic, so he does not show pain, but she has said it is a painful condition. He has always been a bit of a prima donna and never liked being in a stall so he can be difficult to treat. Enucleation is an option, but he is already not really handling the loss of his sight well. I am not sure if putting him through that is the right thing to do. The other eye has pretty severe cataracts as well, so he could easily get this in both eyes.
On the one hand, I am not ready to lose him...especially to something so basic as an eye issue. On the other hand, I don't know if his quality of life would be good with very limited vision and/or a lot of time in a stall.
Any insight would be appeciated!