Cats & Cataract Surgery

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Cats & Cataract Surgery
Cataracts can affect cats as well as humans. (cats image by vb_photo from Fotolia.com)

Cats can experience cataracts, though they are more common in humans and dogs. A cataract condition that does not stem from a more serious illness or injury is treatable with surgery.

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Cataract Definition

A cataract is an opacity in the eye lens, which blocks light from getting to the retina.

Causes of Cataracts in Cats

Cataracts have many causes. They can result from eye trauma, or as a secondary symptom to an eye disease. Cats can also inherit cataracts in rare cases.

Candidates for Surgery

Not every cat with a cataract condition is a candidate for surgery. Those animals with injury or inflammation-related cataracts should receive treatment for the cause, instead of treatment for the cataracts themselves. Cats with inherited cataracts or those without underlying causes are the best candidates.

Method

Phacoemulsification is the most common method of cataract surgery. It involves putting the cat under general anaesthesia. The veterinarian makes a small slit in the cornea of the eye, and then a slit in the lens bag. The surgeon vacuums out the lens material and inserts a lens implant.

Prognosis

The lens implant will return most of the animal's vision. The cat usually has a two-week recovery period when he will wear a collar to prevent him from licking or rubbing the eye.

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