Tiny Eye, Tiny Problem?

A little fluffy orange kitten was brought to the San Jose animal shelter, and the shelter’s team immediately saw something was wrong with his right eye.

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An eye is normally a round, turgid structure, whereas this kitten’s eye was hard to visualize. It seemed irregularly shaped and shrunken, like a deflated water balloon. Given how young the kitten was, it is possible that the kitten was simply born with microphthalmus, or “tiny eye.” Another explanation may be that the kitten’s eye was subject to some sort of trauma that perforated it, and afterwards, it was unable to regain its structure or function.

No matter the cause, the situation was irreversible – the cat would never be able to see out of his right eye. With that being the case, the shelter’s veterinary team anesthetized the kitten to remove the tiny eye.

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Getting ready for surgery to remove the tiny eye.

After surgery, the kitten recovered for a period of time until he was placed up for adoption and found his forever home.

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Healing from surgery

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