Angel’s visit with the opthalmologist went well. Dr. Biros diagnosed her with open chronic inactive keratitis with corneal scarring, which is the technical term for the post-Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Feline Herpesvirus scarring on her remaining eye.
First, we saw a technician and a 4th-year veterinary student, who ran several tests on Angel’s eye.
This is a test of Angel’s tear production; a small test strip was placed on her eye for a minute to measure the amount of tears.
Then they stained her cornea to make the scarring more visible.
The room lights were turned off and her eyes were examined through a scope.
Finally, the pressure in her eye was measured using a pen-like device.
After all the preliminary testing, the doctor came in and examined Angel’s eye. The good news is, it doesn’t seem to be actively progressing; in fact, he was wondering what prompted our visit. But they did several tests, and now we have a baseline of what is “normal” for her eye. Since all of her eye issues happened before we adopted her, this is a valuable thing to have. I have copies of all her medical records from her eye surgery and the implantation and subsequent removal of her prosthetic eye. It’s possible, but uncertain, if Angel will have problems in the future with her eye, but now we have an idea of what “normal” is for her and any changes will be easier to recognise.
All in all, a very reassuring visit.