I took our new arrival, blind Millie, to our veterinary ophthalmologist in Burlington, Dr. Sarah Hoy, last Wednesday. She removed Millie’s swollen eyes during surgery on Thursday morning. I took that photo above yesterday. Millie has recovered quickly and is already back to being her playful self.
Dr. Hoy determined that Millie was born with cystic eyes. Wikipedia’s definition of this is: “Congenital cystic eye (also known as CCE or cystic eyeball) is an extremely rare ocular malformation where the eye fails to develop correctly in utero and is replaced by benign, fluid-filled tissue. Its incidence is unknown, due to the very small number of cases reported.” As you could see from the photos in the previous post, Millie’s corneas were also severely damaged and had become conical in shape.
Here’s Dr. Hoy taking eye pressure readings — which were very difficult to obtain because of the shape and condition of her eyes:
Dr. Hoy’s vet tech Ashlie is holding Millie, who was wonderfully calm and quiet during all of this!
We also ultrasounded her eyes to see what was inside:
And the answer was … well, not much … except for detached or malformed retinas and, in her left eye, a large growth of some sort:
It’s the shiny roundish object inside the black globe. Millie had a smaller version of that in her right eye. This could be mineralization, or it could be a tumor. Dr. Hoy said she has seen dogs with cystic eyes develop tumors in the eye by 3 years of age, so it was best the eyes come out anyway.
We sent the left eye in to pathology to find out and we’ll get the results this week. Fortunately, Dr. Hoy said ocular tumors rarely spread outside the eye, so even if this turned out to be a cancerous growth, Millie should still be okay. Dr. Hoy opened the right eye after removing it and found the smaller growth in that eye was indeed just mineralization. The left eye was the more suspicious one.
Millie has been great about taking all of her meds, and in general has turned out to be a model patient!
I know I said last week that I’d post photos of Millie playing with Tanner this week, but I figured this topic was more relevant … so next week you’ll get to see them in action.
New Shelter Challenge Underway
A new Shelter Challenge starts today, March 7, and runs until April 10. You can vote every day for us at the Shelter Challenge website. Thank you!