Sunday, February 7, 2010

Hairy eyeball

I never did quite understand that expression about giving someone the hairy eyeball and I probably never would have except that I met this ragamuffin, Barkley, yesterday and lo and behold, he had a hairy eyeball.


Seriously, he's got a hairy eyeball. Look closely in the photo below. His left eye is partially covered by hair. There's hair growing out of his eyeball.


It doesn't seem to bother Barkley but then it's hard to say what will happen to the eye as he gets older. There's a chance TAS might get the whole eye removed but no decisions have been made yet.

So, anyway, I looked up the expression about giving someone a hairy eyeball and it means to stare at someone, usually with disdain. I don't think this flopsy guy has a drop of disdain in his whole body. He does like to give people the hairy eyeball, though.

More on Barkley here.

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5 comments:

Social Mange said...

Can you imagine how much that eye must hurt???? Entropion is bad enough, where the eyelashes curl inwards...can you imagine the constant irritation of blinking over hair???? Poor little guy.

borderjack said...

He sure is adorable, though....

Jamie said...

I was just reading about this. It grosses me out, but a veterinary ophthalmologist could remove that hair without removing the eye.

Christopher said...

Could be a dermoid cyst of the eye.

Fred said...

Definitely some kind of teratoma, possibly of the dermoid type. Still don't know what they're going to do with it (the hair).