Erin and Calypso did not have a good day. Both had to take a trip in the car, in their carriers to go see a vet eye specialist. I think I should start from the beginning...
Erin and Calypso were born in a cat colony at Iowa State University. They were breed for glaucoma research and because their glaucoma gene was dormant, they were available for adoption. Andrew's roommate Luke who was helping with the study brought home Calypso and not long after Erin came home too. Because Luke couldn't take them to med school, I took them in.
Not long ago, Andrew noticed a dark spot in Erin's eye. After it didn't go away, I started to get concerned. A short time later, we noticed that Calypson also had a spot in her eye. It was then that I made an appointment with the vet. After taking a look, the vet didn't want to take any chances and set us up with an appointment with a vet eye specialist.
By this point Erin and Calypso hate us. We have them in the back seat on their way to the eye appointment when Erin makes the sadest meow I have ever heard. I turned around to find that Erin had gotten sick at the front of her cage and it wasn't too long after that we realized that Erin had also made a mess in the back of her cage.
They were poked and prodded in the nicest way possible so we could get a better understanding of what was going on with their eyes. Today we learned that the spots in Erin and Calypso's spots are just that...spots. But just like moles on skin, they need to be monitored for changes and growth. Because the depth of these spots can't be seen with our eyes, Erin and Calypso will need to take regular trips to the eye doctor. If the spots grow or change, it could potentially turn into melanoma. If this happens, we start to look into treatments such as lasers or eye removal. Additionally, Erin has a significant amount of pressure in her eyes. If this continues, she could potentially have glaucoma. This is not the news I wanted to hear. It made me sick to my stomach to think about the awful things that could happen.
To make Erin's day worse, she had to have a bath. Luckily, she didn't take it too bad. Poor cat! I think these two will be getting the royal treatment for the next couple of days.