|Cataracts and Cataract Surgery
WHAT IS A CATARACT?
The lens is a unique living ocular tissue that
is usually clear or transparent
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF A CATARACT
The first thing to do if your veterinarian indicates
your pet has a cataract
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR PET HAS
A VISION PROBLEM?
Animals are creatures of habit and pets love to
please their owners. If
WHAT CAUSES CATARACTS?
The cause of cataracts is an area continually
being studied. Cataracts may
ARE THERE TYPES OF CATARACTS?
The type of cataract may not be important for
deciding whether surgery
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR CATARACTS?
There is no medical treatment known to slow the
progression of, prevent the
SHOULD MY PET HAVE CATARACT SURGERY?
Cataract surgery is generally restricted to those
patients who have
IS MY PET A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR
Cataract surgery involves a period of intense
pre- and post-operative care
WHAT WILL MY PET BE ABLE TO SEE
Patients benefit from cataract surgery because
it will allow them to be able
WHAT DOES CATARACT SURGERY INVOLVE?
Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient
basis by many veterinary
The first postoperative examination is scheduled
for the afternoon the day
WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATIONS OF CATARACT SURGERY?
The success rate in cataract surgery has improved
markedly in the recent
COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS REGARDING
The common press contains many misconceptions
regarding cataracts and
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|Heidi's Story by Liese Vanderbroek
Every six months after being diagnosed with diabetes, I took Heidi in for an
eye exam. She was diagnosed with dry eye syndrome and her cataracts worsened
to the point that she was nearly totally blind.
I decided to have cataract surgery done on Heidi
because we had three other
Pre-op care involved putting drops in her eyes
the weekend before. Post-op
When she came home, it was apparent that she could
already see! She did a
I was very, very pleased with the results of the surgery.
|Two=Ton's Story byJudee
My furbaby is Two-Ton, he is 10 years old. Diagnosed 5 / 99 with
diabetes. We noticed his eyes began clouding over almost
He took a while to regulate and even then the vet didn't think he was a
good candidate yet.It took almost 1 year before the vet would okay him for
There was a month waiting list, then we had to go in for testing to see
if his eyes were permanately damaged. They were not. Let me back up for a
minute. The opthamologist said they could tell right away in some animals,
if their eyes weren't too badly damaged, if they were they went in to the
head from the back to see if the retina responded to any light.Once this was
done I then had to schedule his eye surgery. Another month to wait, but
during that time I had to take him back to the vet for a complete blood
work-up and physical.general
On the day of surgery they ask you not to feed your pet,but we are on a a
noon and midnight schedule, he was set to go in at 9:30so that was not a
problem.We brought him in at 8:00 am.and they told us to leave him and they
would call after the surgery. The surgery took a little longer than was
expected but it went well.
We took him home the following afternoon with the following instructions.
Prednisoline,5mg2x day, (tabs)Ocufen drops every 6 hours,Tropicamide every 6
hours, Tobramycin every 6 hours, and 1 Orbax tab per day for 7 days.The
prednisolin wil increase their appetites a little. LOL. And return in 1
week, for 2 weeks, then every 3rd. week then 1 month, now 6 months.
During all of this he scratched his eye. and while the meds. should have
been decreasing, in his case they didn't fot an extra month.During which
time his hunger was unbelievable. I constantly felt guilty. Needless to say
he did gain 2 lbs.and his insulin increased from 8 units to 14. Not all at
once but gradually.
It cost 350.00 for the original eye exam, almost 200.00 for the vet exam,
and 2000.00 for the actual surgery. This did include his check-ups, but not
the meds, which were minimal.I know that you can get it done cheaper in some
parts of the country, but I think in Minn. that's about average.
I tell you all of this not to scare any one away from the surgery, but to
let them know there is a lot more to it than just 2 days. Two-Ton had his
surgery June 21,2000 and I'm still giving him drops and the prednisolin.Any
one thinking of doing this should know what to expect. Especially someone
who can't be there to take care of these things. I'm lucky, I get to stay
home all day, I know a lot of people don't have that luxury.
My final comment to anyone would be this, I was amazed!!!!!!I had
forgotten how beautiful his eyes were behind that cloud, and how playful he
likes to get when I first wake up.He had stopped barking and was so timid,
it broke my heart.He's 10 yrs. old and as playful as a pup,he likes to ride
again. There are so many great reasons I can't even think of them all. But I
know he is HAPPIER.Not all animals react the way he did to the blindness,
but it may have been because of the sudden onset.
Through all of this my vet kept in frequent contact with the opth. and
with myself. It couldn't have gone better.
To anyone who will or will not have
the surgery done for what ever
|Tuffi's Story by Joyce
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000 21:33:16 EDT
Hello to all,
I just wanted to comment on this subject because I didn't have
However, I spend a lot of time talking to
Tuffi so that she will know where
Also when I start to give her a bite of
someting, I tell her first that I am
My husband insists that we encourage her
to do things for herself instead of
After all that I have read about the possible
complications of cataract
I encourage anyone who is thinking about
the cataract surgery to ask
I hope this helps someone/anyone who
has a pet who is losing it's vision to
Bailey had cataract surgery in May.
She is a 9 year old chocolate lab. Before the surgery, she had slowly
been going blind. About 3 months before the surgeryshe went totally blind.
She got around pretty well, but was bumping into a lot of walls
and having troublefinding her toys. She became more sedentary in the
house, but still enjoyed running free on our walks. We were able to teach her
to "step up", "step down" and "look out" pretty quickly.
We visited a wonderful eye vet, Dr. Wolfe, and
he told us she was a surgery
Surgery cost $1600 for both eyes, without lens
Bonnie, bailey (dd, dx 11/97)
Read Anna's Story of her cataract removal written by Ed Murray
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