He was born with a condition called Eyelid Agenesis where the upper eyelid is not formed. This leads to exposure of the cornea from incomplete blinking, as well as scratching and irritation from contact hairs lying directly on the corneal surface.
It can be managed temporarily with an application of artificial tears every 4-8 hours but surgery is always required to correct the defect.
When Oliver was surrendered to us (at the tender age of 6 weeks) one of his eyes had already ruptured requiring immediate removal. His surgeon took a piece of what remained of the removed lid and tried grafting it on his remaining eye which failed to attach. Baby Oliver is currently in foster care. He is scheduled for a second operation with an eye specialist that we hope will be able to save his vision.
As you can see in the video, Oliver is a happy kitten full of kitten antics. We are confident that our little boy will come through with flying colors!
Update: We took our “little man” baby Oliver to his appointment with an eye specialist who informed us that that they would not be able to repair his eye until he was 6 to 7 months old and that he had already formed a cataract that may or may not improve.
We brought him home and within days, he spiked a temperature of 105 degrees. We rushed him to the Pet Emergency Center where he spent the weekend with a team of veterinarians that worked desperately to get his fever down. He had an extremely high white blood cell count that indicated his little body was trying mightily to battle a massive internal infection that had an iron clad grip on him. The infection was deep seated requiring an antibiotic drip and fluids that were iced by cold packs surrounding the IV line.
The Vet tech on staff that weekend fell madly in love with our little trooper and carried him around during his entire stay at the clinic.
Now as you know…love is a powerful emotion. When you're in love, you always want to be together, and when you're not, you're thinking about being together because without your “love”, your life is incomplete. So our “little man” went into foster with his new love and it looks like an adoption is on the horizon.