Saturday, November 29, 2008

A different type of pupil!

*UPDATED* I did manage to get a picture of Echo's eye, albeit not a really clear one. Click on it to enlarge the picture and you can see the starburst shape of her pupil!

Not long after Echo came home, I realized that her eyes looked different.....and not just because they are "ice blue." Her pupils seemed different; odd-shaped even. So I set out to try and figure out if I was "seeing things" or if there really is a name for the shape of her pupils. Well, I was not seeing things and there really is a name for her pupils. They're referred to as "starburst pupils." I tried, without success, to get a close-up picture of Echo's eyes, but it was not to be. I don't know who I was fooling to think I could actually get her to sit still long enough to get that type of picture! But I did find a picture of a starburst pupil on the internet. Although there can be some vision impairment related to this type of pupil, it most often just lends itself to the dog being very light sensitive. This makes sense because Echo really squints when she's outside.

The reason for the light sensitivity is due to the inability of the pupil to constrict the way it should when in bright light. I suppose I will need to buy Echo a pair of doggles also and start getting her used to wearing them. I'm sure she'll think I've lost my mind when I put them on her!!


Coco said...

you are such a good mommy to your dogs. but dont worry about seeming like youve gone off the deep end, because I just bought Coco a pair of doggy socks and slippers! See, you arent alone!

~LeeTal - Coco's Mommy

Maggie and Mitch said...

We're hoping that Echo will suprise you and love her new doggles and thank you over and over for thinking of them!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Coco said...

In my eyes, itmakes Echo that much more special! And i am sure that she will love her doggles!


Lady Kaos said...

Wow, I never knew there were different types of pupils! I can't wait to see pictures of her wearing doggles and trust me, she won't think you're crazy for that reason. Us dogs think humans are crazsy for many many many more reasons!