"Cassy Abbot" - Thorn in the Eye
It was when I was at University that I first realised how short sighted I had become. The lecturer and his blackboard were but a distant blur.
Realising that some assistance with my visual capabilities were a prerequisite for success in graduating as a veterinary surgeon I sought some advice from a friend who was an optician. He fitted me with some contact lenses for fear that wearing spectacles might hinder me further from any prospective success with the opposite sex.
At first sight I wondered whether he may have incorrectly fitted me with "binocular" lenses such was the dramatic difference that enabled me to see the world as it should have been! Over 30 years on and it never occurred to me that contact lenses might become "fashionable" for my patients.
My colleague Nora was consulting at Fairfield one morning when "Cassy" a typically adventurous Springer Spaniel was presented by her owners with a foreign body lodged in her eye.
After a very careful examination it became clear to my colleague that miraculously the thorn had entered the cornea or "window to the eye" at such an angle that it hadn't penetrated the full thickness. Consequently, the eyeball, with it's fluid content (aqueous humour), remained intact.
Even a few millimetres in any direction could have been catastrophic. With "Cassy" under sedation and a steady hand Nora was able to withdraw the offending thorn without causing any further trauma.
The only remaining problem was allowing the cornea to heal the damage that had been caused. Lacking a direct blood supply the transparent cornea is slow to heal and susceptible to further complications. Conscious of these considerations Nora ordered and fitted "Cassy" with a contact lens. This protects the damaged area and encourages a healing environment.I doubt, unlike myself, whether "Cassy" would have concerned herself with the aesthetics of her contact lens but it certainly did the trick and she has fully recovered. Unlike myself, "Cassy's" reliance on a contact lens has only been temporary and I doubt whether even wearing spectacles would hinder HER appeal!