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Re: Re: OT animal cataracts


Can;t tell you about a cat, Libby, but for me, a cataract operation was like seeing again. Short laser operation, lens implants, no strain, no pain.

On Sunday, February 15, 2004, at 04:07 PM, Libby Valentine wrote:

Anybody had the misfortune to have to deal with cataracts in a young animal
(cat in this case), or had a blind pet?


Took the most recent addition in for his checkup - we took him in a year ago
Thanksgiving and best guess is he's 3-4 years old. He's a totally indoor
cat since rescue. Vet says he now has cataracts in both eyes, probably
hereditary. She wants me to take him to an animal opthamologist and go the
surgery route. I do not necessarily think that's the best idea:
considering just logistics there are only 4 specialists in the state, all an
hour or more away, and the surgery requires pre-op visits and testing,
surgery, serious post-op care, and a ton of follow-up visits. Along with a
very large price tag, I understand.


The alternative is he slowly goes blind - from reading I understand this is
much less traumatic for dogs/cats than humans, but still... I have
reinstated the vitamin C supplement and am also adding a small amount of
antioxidant to his breakfast.


I'm thinking to wait 6 months then take him to my other vet for a status
check and another opinion.


Any experiences to share would be appreciated,

Libby

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