oh you poor thing!! BTW Happy Birthday!!!
Duke went through the identical thing.. I was hysterical.. We took him to a vet ophthalmologist who did tell us he would have to have the surgery.. Duke actually did develop an ulcer. Duke had it done had over 100 stitches and I must say has never ( knock on wood) had any more ulcers or problems since.. His surgery was two years ago. We just recently took him back to have his eyes checked and he gave us some wetting drops to help his eyes produce tears but he told us he healed perfectly , his vision is fine and the surgery went well. I would get another opinion but would go to someone who specializes in the eye.. Hang in there..