Cow’s third eye lid flap operation

We have tried the best we could, with eye drops and even the plasma drops, but today’s visit to the vet’s revealed that the ulcer has got even worse.

This was my greatest fear – that we are only left with the option of performing the third eye lid flap operation as a last ditch effort to save Cow’s eye.

About the operation:

We do not know what his chances are at recovery and can only hope for the best. It is a surgery whereby the third eye lid is pulled over to cover the eye and the eye is stitched up so that the blood vessels from this third eye lid can nourish his eye and heal the ulcer.


The fluorescein staining showed that the ulcer has gone deeper and bigger.

We brought Cow back this evening after the surgery.


The area around the eye has been shaven and it is still very swollen right now. He is on oral antibiotics and painkillers and would still need eyedrops to be administered through a tiny hole in the corner of the eye.


Eating is a problem as he finds it hard to adjust to the e-collar so I have to hold his bowl up for him. But it’s good that he still has appetite and finished 3/4 can of Monge just now.


This is going to be a very challenging three weeks for all of us in nursing Cow and hoping that this last ditch effort to save his eye will work. I have also begun treatment for my own illness so that makes it even more challenging.

All the cats were very concerned when Cow came back this evening. They gathered around and touched noses with him.

Please get well soon, Cow.  If you could kindly spare a prayer for Cow, all of us thank you very much in advance.

For the record, Cow got into a fight with Indy in early December which led to a blood clot in his eye due to being scratched. A corneal ulcer developed later and it did not heal with eye medication.

24 comments to Cow’s third eye lid flap operation

  • Norely Abd Rahman

    Oh my gosh! I’m so sorry to hear this Dr. Chan and Cow : ( Do get well soon Cow. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Looking forward to see you up and running soon on this blog.

  • My Buddy Cow,

    My gang and I are praying for your and your Mom speedy recovery. Praying that all will be well and healed soon. We are putting all our paws and thoughts together so all positive and healing energies will surround and heal you both.
    Take good care of yourselves.
    Kind regards
    Morton & Gang

  • Linda Low

    Let us all join hands together and pray for a speedy recovery for Cow and his Mom.

  • chankahyein

    Thank you very much, dear friends. This is one of the greatest challenges I’ve had to face, being mentally and physically unwell while one of the cats are sick. Thank you for all your kind wishes.

  • Chen

    All my best wishes and aspirations for good health and strength for you, your family and your feline family.

  • Yoke Mei n the Gang at home

    Speedy recovery Cow mau… You are in our prayers.

  • Maneki Neko

    Dear Kah Yein and Cow, you’re both in our thoughts now, and I wish we were closer so we could do something more to help. May the surgery be successful, may the painkillers be effective, and may your strength and faith not fail you, KY!

  • jasmine ong

    Dear Cow, I pray you will be alright soon with surgery and medication. Sending my kind and loving thoughts to you.

    Sis, may you too be healed and be in the best and pink of health again. May courage and fortitude be with you always. May all devas bless, protect and heal you. You are always in my thoughts and prayers… HUGS

  • Peggy Tiong

    Dear Kah Yein, I pray that you and Cow will recover fully quickly. Take good care.

  • chankahyein

    Dearest Friends, Thank you very much for being there for all of us. Cow’s eye would have to be stitched up for 3 weeks with weekly check-ups. My own treatment is going to take longer than this. So, both of us have to do our best to get well during this time. We thank you very much for your moral support and prayers.

  • Sandra

    Get well soon Cow! We all love you: )

  • Juliana

    Oh dear! I’ve been away for a while and thought to check in since it was a new year and all. I’m saying a prayer for you and Cow for a speedy and complete recovery! Lots of strength and good vibes for your whole family!

  • Yen Ling

    Get well soon, Cow and Dr.Chan! Sending positive qi to you both for speedy recovery.

  • Melle

    Get well soon, Cow mau. Good to know that Cow still has appetite for food. It can be disheartening to see your unwell pets not wanting to eat.

    Hope you are feeling better, Kah Yein.

  • Joyce

    Dear Kah Yein,

    Praying for you and Cow, hang in there! all is going to get better in due time!

  • Akmar

    Oh my.. Get well soon Cow.. be strong ok.. ~hugs~

  • Kelly

    Dear Cow n KY , speedy recovery and may all the good actions done in the past will bring you through this challenging time. Our ( meow2 , bb n cookie) prayer will be with you n cow. If everything is too much or overwhelmed, pull yourself together and breath in breath out until you are ok. Love n hugs.

  • Pui Fun

    Poor Cow! I hope she will be muchuch better soon. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for a full recovery!

  • Oreo Bartholomeow Balestorm

    Dear Dr Chan and Cow,

    The little nut and I are both purraying for your speedy recovery and better health-ngiao! The little nut says that she symphatises with Cow for having to wear that ugly headgear, and how difficult it is to both drink and eat with it on. Do get well soon-ngiao.

    Purringly yours,
    Oreo and Hazel

  • chankahyein

    Dear Friends, Today Cow is learning to adjust to eat with the e-collar on. We both thank you very much for your kind wishes and prayers. We are deeply touched to know we have so many good friends.

  • yingfong

    Dear Dr Chan,
    Will pray for you and cow”s recovery , I hope n pray everyone wl b fine very soon… take care, & rest well .
    Ying fong

  • Wine Dogs TB EE TT CC

    Bow wow wow from us…..Dear Aunty Chan and Cow mau mau…
    Wishing u best recovery and the best for 2015!

  • Hui Maggie

    Dear Dr. Chan,

    Sorry to know that both you and Cow are under the weather. I am praying for a speedy recovery for you both. Take care and get well soon.

  • Ely

    Get well soon, Cow..