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Cost of Cataract Surgery for Dogs

Cataracts, for both humans and dogs, hinder vision by clouding the lens of the eye. Cataract surgery is a common form of canine eye treatment. However, cataract surgery for dogs is expensive.

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Cataract Surgery

In cataract surgery the damaged lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens implant (IOL).


As of 2009, the cost of cataract surgery for dogs ranged from £975 to £1,950. Unlike human cataract surgery, there usually is no insurance to foot part of the bill.

Variables of Cost

The cost of cataract surgery depends on whether one eye or both eyes need surgery. Another cost variable can be the experience of the veterinary ophthalmologist performing the surgery.

Risk Factors

Canine cataract problems are usually inherited through the dog's breed. Cataract problems can also occur with old age or pre-existing conditions like diabetes mellitus.


Cataract surgery can immensely improve a dog's vision, which in return helps to improve quality of life.


There are alternative canine eye treatment methods but these involve lifelong care. Included in this care is giving your dog eye drops and taking your dog for periodic eye examinations.

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About the Author

Zachary Fenell

Zachary Fenell is a 2009 graduate of Notre Dame College of Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication with minors in philosophy and writing. Fenell has been writing since 2002, when he joined his high school newspaper, "The Arc Light." In college Fenell won awards for excellence in English and communication.

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