Yesterday she met with our ophthalmologist and it was determined that in addition to her ‘dry eye’ she is also suffering with distichia. Distichia are abnormal eyelashes along the eyelid margin that grow inwards towards the eye causing lots of irritating, inflammation, and discomfort. These abnormal lashes need to be removed both for her comfort and long term corneal health, but removal is also necessary in order to make progress with her dry eye condition. The best therapy for removal of distichia is cryoepilation which is a freezing of the hair follicles preventing regrowth after removal and Shelly is scheduled to undergo this procedure next Thursday. We are looking forward to giving this precious girl the level of comfort that she deserves and making progress towards her best eye health 💜 Shelly is now being fostered in Hoover, Alabama and she’s making herself right at home 💕
2️⃣ The other procedure was for cyclosporine implants for her “dry eyes”. Tiny implants were placed under her upper eyelid tissue which slowly release therapeutic levels of the drug ‘cyclosporine’ which helps to stimulate tear production. This is being used in conjunction with eye drop therapies to help hopefully get some tears going as she currently does not produce any.
Shelly returned to our wonderful ophthalmologist yesterday for a recheck and we are happy to report that her eyelids have healed very nicely from the procedures ❤️🩹 We KNOW she has to be so much more comfortable without those pesky, irritating eyelashes rubbing her eyes. And in 2 weeks we will be rechecking her tear test to see if the cyclosporine implants are helping with any tear production 🤞🏻 We will be sure to keep you posted after her next visit 💜