DOB: May 2018
Charles and Ray were found by a Good Samaritan in the woods and taken to the vet due to bleeding eyes and were diagnosed with bilateral eyelid agenesis, or eyelid coloboma, a congenital defect of the eyelid in which the upper lateral eyelid is not formed. The result is that conjunctiva is contiguous with skin, and this leads to exposure of the cornea from incomplete blinking, as well as irritation from contact of hairs with the cornea. Keratitis (vascularization, ulceration, scarring, and/or corneal pigmentation) can then occur, and over time vision can be affected. They saw a specialist to determine the possibility of salvaging all or part of their vision versus enucleation. Charles has been diagnosed with corneal perforation on his right eye, microphthalmos on his left eye, and bilateral eyelid agenesis. Based on clinical signs and lack of vision, bilateral enucleation was recommended and he underwent surgery. Knowing they are blind, we expected some sort of limitations…that was not the case! They are your typical kittens, no one told them they were different or handicapped. They are rambunctious, mischievous, full of love and will readily run, play, pounce, chase and wrestle with abandon. To walk into a room with them is to be bombarded with energetic purr-balls! Charles loves to play and will eagerly chase his tail or anything else that moves! When he’s ready to cuddle, he’ll search out a lap to curl up in while purring and nurse the tip of his tail!