Friday, April 25, 2014

Benny visits the eye specialist

You might remember that Benny regularly sees an animal eye specialist. He has cataracts in both eyes (perhaps born with them, the doc isn't sure). The one in the left eye is very tiny and hasn't changed much. The one in the right eye, over the years, matured and re-absorbed back into the eye, taking the lens with it. He has a little sight in that eye, but with no lens, is unable to focus, especially close up.

He's also developed glaucoma in the right eye, and has brown pigmentation that may or may not lead to cancer. It's all very unusual for a cat, we're told. Thankfully, things have stabilized in the past few years. I took my camera along to take a few shots of what happens an an exam.

Here's the building. It's a pretty small place. In all the years we've gone, I've seen a cat only one time. Mostly, I see dogs. The doctors also visit the nearby zoo animals. We are fortunate in that it's about 20 minutes away from home.


At each exam, a technician holds him while the doctor does a number of tests. After looking at these photos, it appears that Benny is distressed. He really is not. They hardly need to even hold him. He's a great patient and doesn't fuss or pull away.

The doc checks the vision in both eyes by swinging her hand toward his eye and checking for a reaction.

The doc also takes a close look in and around the eyeballs. Some of these tests involve turning the lights out, and I didn't take any photos during that.


They sometimes stain his eyes and check the corneas for abrasions. They did this during this visit, but I didn't take any photos. The dye they use must be bitter tasting--Benny really dislikes it, and I didn't want to stress him out.

Good news: Everything is looking great and remains stable. In fact, instead of going every 6 months, we're going to try for 8-9 months instead (unless we notice anything unusual).

Benny is such a good cat. Within an hour, he was already in my lap. Good job, Benny-kitty. We love you.

17 comments:

Fuzzy Tales said...

Super news that Benny's eyes are stable. I have no idea how far we'd have to travel here for a pet eye specialist. Toronto? Maybe not even there!

We hope Benny got an extra treat or two for being such a good mancat!

Fur Everywhere said...

Fantastic news! So glad Benny is stable. Hoping he continues to remain stable for a long, long time :)

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

I too have seen cats react badly to the eye stain..

so glad the visit went well.. :) You are lucky you have specialists in your area.. I can't imagine how far I'd have to go to find one.. Boston maybe?

Alice Marie said...

Oh Mr. Benny! Poor guy. But he's so lucky to have you to take him to the specialist. We're purring that his eyes continue to be stable.

Susan said...

I'm so glad the visit went well. Benny is such a good kitty. And his fur looks so brilliantly white! He is one handsome boy. :)

Quinn and Angel brandi said...

Benny, you are such a good kitty! Mommy had cataracts in both her eyes, too, but she had surgery and sees lots better, now. Is that an option for kitties??

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

How cool that you have an animal eye doc so nearby! And paws up for a good checkup for Benny!

The Lee County Clowder said...

Looks like you had a rough day, Benny. Glad to know you're still hanging in there, keeping things stable.

Eileen said...

Great news for Benny and for you!

Roberta said...

Benny, I luv you. You're such a good patient and I'm so glad all is stable with your beautiful eyes.

Cathy Keisha said...

Poor Benny!

The Island Cats said...

Very interesting. We're glad that Benny's eyes are doing well.

Angel and Kirby said...

We do not know if there is an animal eye doctor around here! Glad Benny is stable!

Everycat said...

Benny you are such a good patient, I hope you got a whole roast chicken to yourself after the exam. You deserve it.

That's wonderful news that your eyes are stable.

Luff
Mungo xx

Laila and Minchie said...

Great news Benny! Bet you got lots of treats for being such a good boy.

Greg_1948 said...

We have never had eye problems of any sort here. I guess we are lucky. Good news Benny is stable.

Jans Funny Farm said...

Benny must have a good disposition to be so good during his exams.

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