Cataracts in Dogs (cont.)
How Can I Help Preserve My Dog's Vision?
In most cases, cataracts cannot be prevented, but there are steps to take to ensure that your dog's vision can be preserved, especially if they are caused by a medical condition like diabetes.
How Can Cataracts Be Treated?
Vision loss due to cataracts can often be restored through surgery. A veterinary ophthalmologist will surgically remove the lens, replacing it with a plastic or acrylic lens. Cataract surgery generally has a good success rate, but your veterinarian will need to determine whether your dog is a good surgical candidate. The procedure also requires extensive postoperative care.
Note: If your pet has an underlying condition such as diabetes, treating the underlying condition may lessen the chances that cataracts will develop.
How Can I Care for My Pet After Cataract Surgery?
After surgery, your pet will have to wear a protective (Elizabethan) collar until his eye heals. You'll need to keep him relaxed in a calm environment, and he'll also require eye drops several times a day for a few weeks.
This article is excerpted from “Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook” with permission from Wiley Publishing, Inc.
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