Just like in humans, other species can get cataracts in their lenses. This leads to vision impairment or blindness. Unfortunately, this disease is very common in dogs. Cataracts occur primarily due to hereditary factors or secondary to diabetes mellitus, uveitis, trauma or other factors. The surgery is exactly the same technique as is used in humans with cataracts. Phacoemulsification is used to remove the opaque lens material. Special canine artificial intraocular lenses are implanted to regain optimal vision which should be as good or at least almost as good as their vision was before they developed cataracts.
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