ABSTRACT: Owners commonly present to the veterinary clinic with a complaint that their dog’s vision has reduced, or their dog’s eye(s) appear cloudy and subsequently our veterinary surgeons may diagnose them with having cataracts. Cataracts can form due to a number of reasons including heritage, diabetes mellitus, trauma or ocular disease. This article discusses what a cataract is, patient considerations and surgical removal. I will also discuss the post-operative care following phacoemulsification and what we can do to help with our client’s compliance in providing the best care for their pet in the immediate recovery period.


Sian Woodham-Davies RVN

Sian qualified as a veterinary nurse from the College of Animal Welfare in 2012 and is currently working at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals in the Ophthalmology department.

Email: swoodhamdavies@rvc.ac.uk

Keywords: Ophthalmology; cataract surgery

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 34 (01) • January 2019 pp12-17

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