“Love was kind, for a time
Now just aches, and it makes me blind
This mirrors haunts, by eyes too bright
That I can’t see the others in my life”
– MUMFORD & SONS, Lover’s Eyes
In January this year, we noticed a cloudy white cataract appear in one of Tofu’s eyes and few months later, another cataract formed in his other eye. We took him to the vet were given eye drops. Eye drops neither cured it or harmed it, but helped the weepiness some. Now that Tofu is blind in not one, but both eyes, things are a little different in his world.
Cataracts (also known in bunnies as moon eyes) cause vision to become cloudy and can result in blindness. Since the size of Tofu’s cataracts fluctuate, his eyes are still searching for light which means he may see light, but the picture is severely impaired. Cataracts can appear with age and Tofu is 4 years old. While rabbits can live over 10 years, it’s hard to say how old the average rabbit lives to be these days.
Rabbits eyes are on the sides of their heads so they can see a wide range, but they have a small blind spot directly in front. Luckily, their sense of smell and many whiskers lend a hand for things directly ahead.
Animals adapt to blindness and Tofu has been doing remarkably well. If not for the cataracts, you would hardly notice his blindness.
I like to think that he doesn’t mourn the loss of his sight and that he has adapted to his surroundings.
While some bunnies do not like being picked up or cuddled, Tofu licks us tenaciously (also regarded as bunny kisses) when we pick him up, so we figure he rather likes it. I’m not sure who enjoys bunny kisses more. Us or him?
Tofu seems to enjoy being brushed more than he used to and he continues to gives us plenty of bunny kisses if presented with a nose or a hand to lick. His quality of life is good and he is still enthusiastic as ever about food.
The next 4 editions of Tofu Tuesday will be a retrospective diary of sorts on Tofu’s blindness.
Check out previous Tofu Tuesday posts here.