Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in dogs. A cataract is a cloudy change or an opacity of the lens that can prevent light from reaching the retina. Most canine cataracts are inherited, but they can also be caused by injury, inflammation or illness. Most cataracts will progress and ultimately cause blindness. However, the rate of progression is difficult to predict.
Currently, there are no known medical treatments to prevent or slow the progression of cataracts. Surgical removal of the lens is the only known treatment. The good news is, once removed, a cataract cannot reoccur.
Once the doctor has examined your pet and cataract surgery has been suggested, we will schedule an admit to our clinic for pre-cataract testing. The pre-cataract testing consists of:
As long as there are no abnormalities found and the eye is otherwise healthy, we can schedule an admit for cataract surgery! We will send home eye drops and oral medication to start 1 day prior to the procedure and you will be administering them after the surgery as well. Cataract surgery is performed as an outpatient basis so your pet will be admitted to our clinic, on a scheduled day and will be able to go home that same day.