Yesterday Bubble's left eye was suddenly cloudy, milky blueish white. After online research about cataracts and possible treatment, I decided that surgery was not an option for a small dog because of the risk with anesthesia.
Today Bubble met a lovely animal eye doctor, gave blood for tests with total calm, and was her normal kissy self. It wasn't a cataract. It was glaucoma and the floodgates had opened, clearly building internally over time but Bubble never told me she had pain. She is irreversibly blind in that eye. The eye pain is a whopper. In the morning, on this Rosh Hashana, Bubble will go back to the doctor and have her left eye removed. The anesthesiologist has never lost a patient. Bubble's eyesight in the left eye can never come back but the pain will be there as long as the eye is there. So the cure means getting rid of the pain and leaving Bubble whole. Whole but without that eye. She will look just as she does above but like her tiny brown eyelid is closed on that side, barely noticeable on her teensy face.
I'm told that after the surgery dogs are shockingly like puppies again, full of energy that pain had pushed away. Looking forward to a new year and great healthy outcomes for everyone!