Weidebloem was seen as an emergency in late November for recent
changes in the appearance of the right eye, squinting and
discharge. The eye problem had suddenly worsened despite aggressive
treatment. Upon examination, Dr. Beaumont found that there
was a large central corneal hole (perforation) with exposed iris
tissue. The cornea had perforated due to a severe corneal
infection. Because the eye was perforated, Weidebloem
required immediate surgery to perform a conjunctival pedical flap.
This procedure involves placing a thin layer of conjunctival
tissue over the corneal wound to patch the cornea, provide blood
supply and help with healing. Weidebloem recovered well
following surgery and the eye healed very nicely. Weidebloem
has beaten the odds and still has excellent vision in the eye!
Below are before after pictures of Weidebloem.
(The conjunctival flap was trimmed 2 months after surgery.
The "After" photo shows the remnant of the conjunctival flap
3 months post-operatively)