Born without eyelids, 9-month-old cat Billie underwent surgery at UC Davis two months ago. Today, she is healed and can safely see.
Billie suffered from eyelid agenesis – she couldn't close her eyes completely and hair in the area constantly irritated and inflamed her eyes.
At UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, ophthalmologists had to conduct transplant surgery in order to give Billie eyelids. Vets removed tissue from the cat's cheek and lips and transplanted it as eyelids.
When Billie came back for her one-week checkup, both grafts appeared to be healing well. After two weeks, Billie's stitches were removed and the swelling had gone down. At her two-month appointment, Billie was able to blink both eyes. Hair that was clipped before the surgery had grown back and away from her eyes.