The procedure performed on Dijon drew a response of concern from some of our readers, a response needing to be addressed.
First, Dijon's complete and permanent blindness was never in question. Three veterinarians, one an eye specialist, examined our little boy and all three concluded that Dijon had lived most - if not all - of his short life blind, that his eyes deteriorated well beyond any possibility of offering him even the dimmest vision.
Second, neither eyes' lids could blink. This crucial factor meant his eyes would dry out as well as remain vulnerable to dust, dirt and other debris.
Third, to leave his eyes unprotected was to invite infection and injury. Dijon had to learn the unfamiliar terrain of his new home and bumping into things would be a natural part of the learning process. Although Jeanie and Geoff (Dijon's care givers) made the surroundings as hazard-free as possible, "kittens will be kittens" - even blindness does not keep a happy youngster from exploring or playing and Dijon might eventually puncture one or both exposed eyes.
Suturing shut a kitten's eyelids might seem a drastic measure, but three doctors agreed this was the best course to follow, the only course to follow for optimal safety and hygiene. The procedure was performed by an eye specialist. From the start, Dijon's well-being remained everyone's top priority.
I would note the story of Lamb, another kitten with badly infected eyes, but unlike Dijon, Lamb could blink - a simple yet critical fact. No one knows with absolute certainty, but Lamb might detect the tinest bit of light and shadow. As long as her eyes may open a window (however imperfect) onto her world, we would not entertain for a moment taking that away from her by sewing shut the eyelids.
Animals who survive the torment of life on the streets receive our highest respect. We do our best for them. Dijon and Lamb now live in great homes where they're growing up - an opportunity the streets would have never provided.