* Doctors restoring eyesight for dogs with cataracts

Source: WFAA.com

Tim Wetzel, KHOU 11 News  |  11:25 p.m. CDT  |  September 4, 2014

Dr. Julie Hempstead is one of a handful of veterinary ophthalmologists in Houston. She performs cataract surgeries on animals.

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Wilma the poodle

HOUSTON — There’s no stopping Wilma. The poodle has free reign at the Houston Humane Society.

She rides the elevator, goes in and out of offices, and is, essentially, a four-legged employee.

“Wilma lives here 100 percent of the time,” Monica Schmidt said. “She’s a mascot for the Houston Humane Society and helps us educate the community.”

But the 10-year-old dog, who was rescued from a puppy mill, recently developed cataracts. They caused her to lose vision in both eyes, making her mascot job almost impossible.

“If you tried to give her a treat, she couldn’t see it,” Schmidt said. “It affected every aspect of her life.”

But new technology means new hope for dogs like Wilma.

Dr. Julie Hempstead is one of a handful of veterinary ophthalmologists in Houston. She performs cataract surgeries on animals.

“It’s really rewarding,” Hempstead said. “I love coming to work every day. It’s a fantastic job.”


Some veterinarians across the state are offering cataracts surgery to help restore dogs’ vision. WFAA

Similar to the human procedure, Hempstead removes the cataract from the animal’s eyes and inserts a tiny lens to correct the vision. When the dog wakes up from anesthesia, it can see clearly again.

“He wakes up, he perks up, and wags his tail — excited to see the owner,” Hempstead said. “It’s really neat to be a part of that.”

The procedure at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists typically costs about $2,300. But in Wilma’s case, Hempstead and the hospital did the surgery for free.

Wilma now has full vision in her left eye. Her right eye was damaged due to complications caused by living in a crowded puppy mill.

“She’s at a much better place right now,” said Schmidt, who helps take care of Wilma.

The surgery, which is relatively new to the Houston area, can improve the quality of life for pets with cataracts.

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One thought on “* Doctors restoring eyesight for dogs with cataracts

  1. leigh allen

    when you dog is aged – surgery is risky if they have any other health complications – would anyone recommend ethosheaven bright eyes drops for pets cataracts

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