Cataracts In Our Pets

Within the structure of the eye lies a lens. The job of the lens is to focus light within the eye which in turn allows vision via the retina.

Cataracts can be defined as an opacity change in the lens, which will present with a cloudy or hazy look. A pets’ medical history and clinical progression is important when diagnosing a cataract. Commonly, cataracts are inherited, can develop slowly, and are considered age appropriate. Diabetes mellitus or trauma to the eye may also elicit cataracts. Dr. Shaun Reynolds explains that upon cataract maturation, “light will ultimately be refracted, which can alter vision.”

There is no medical treatment for cataracts, but with some cataract developments, our doctors may deem it necessary to rule out other potential diseases of the eye with further diagnostic testing(s) and medication(s). When appropriate, your pet may be referred to a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist for surgical cataract removal.