Multiple ocular colobomas in the snow leopard (Uncia uncia)

Vet Ophthalmol. 2002 Sep;5(3):197-9. doi: 10.1046/j.1463-5224.2002.00219.x.


Two singleton female snow leopard cubs are reported with bilateral central upper lid colobomas. In addition, one cub had a coloboma of the fundus in one eye extending from the lower optic disc region. Surgical treatment by wedge resection was successful in both cases. Details of ocular colobomas in other snow leopards reported in the literature are described and it is suggested that the exact etiology of the condition in this species may be discovered by further study of similar colobomas in the domestic cat.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Zoo
  • Carnivora*
  • Coloboma / diagnosis
  • Coloboma / surgery
  • Coloboma / veterinary*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diagnostic Techniques, Ophthalmological / veterinary*
  • Eyelids
  • Female