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Tess has cataract surgery and new lenses implanted.

Tess can see again!

Cataract surgery can give many dogs and cats a new lease of life. One such patient was Tess, a ten year old Border Collie. Tess’s owners had noted that she had started to bump into things at home. She seemed unhappy and was no longer able to locate her toys. Tess's owners felt that she was blind because of cataract and wanted to do what they could to help restore Tess back to her normal happy self.

After a detailed consultation with our ophthalmologist, the owners decided to go ahead with surgery to remove Tess’s cataracts. Tess was admitted to the hospital and the cataract surgery was carried out under general anaesthesia. The anaesthetic for cataract surgery is complicated by the need for neuromuscular blocking drugs and artificial ventilation to enable the eyes to be in a central position for the surgery. Tess was observed very carefully during the surgery with state of the art monitoring equipment and specially trained staff.



Initially, two small surgical incisions were made at the edge of each cornea where the ‘white’ of the eye starts. After inflating each eye with a jelly like substance called viscoelastic, a small circular hole was made in the delicate ‘bag’ that surrounds each of the cataracts. The cataracts were removed using a surgical procedure called “phacoemulsification”, leaving the 'bag' in place. Phacoemulsification uses ultrasound energy to break up the cataract into small fragments in the same way our dentists use an ultrasonic scaler to remove tartar from our teeth. The small fragments were then “sucked out” of each of the eyes. After the old, damaged lenses were removed, a new artificial lens was implanted into the remaining 'bag' in each of Tess’s eyes. The artificial lenses improve the post operative vision to a level similar to that prior to the cataracts developing.


Pre operative photo of Tess's left eye showing one of the cataracts.

Post operative photo of the same eye showing the artificial lens in place.

Tess recovered well from the anaesthetic and immediately showed signs that she could see. After meticulous post operative care, initially from the nurses and vets at Woodcroft Vets and later from her owners, Tess made a full recovery. With her vision fully restored, she is back chasing his ball, barking at other dogs and doing all the things she loved to do prior to the cataracts developing.

Woodcroft Vets employs a number of consultant veterinary surgeons who have all undergone additional, more advanced training enabling them to gain further postgraduate veterinary qualifications. We have consultant vets dedicated to the areas of  behavioural medicine, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, cardiology, dermatology, maxillofacial surgery, soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. This enables us to offer our clients a range of medical and surgical procedures above and beyond that normally offered by most veterinary practices, without the need for travel to remote referral practices. We also offer this service to clients from other practices across the Northwest of England.

Our consultants are highly experienced in each of their fields and have the support of both a fantastic team of caring nurses and a RCVS certified tier 3 veterinary hospital, staffed day and night. These were all needed to enable Tess to regain her sight.
Finally, thanks to Tess’s owners for allowing us to share her story.
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