Source: Inside Science
A new eye drop may be an alternative to having cataract surgery.
Following successful tests on mice with cataracts, this new discovery looks set to revolutionise the treatment of cataracts in humans….
….And could also offer hope for the many dogs (and other pets) that develop cataracts, leading to impaired eyesight and even blindness.
More than half of Americans over the age of 70 have cataracts, caused by clumps of proteins collecting in the eye lens. The only way to remove them is surgery, an unavailable or unaffordable option for many of the 20 million people worldwide who are blinded by the condition. Now, a new study in mice suggests eye drops made with a naturally occurring steroid could reverse cataracts by teasing apart the protein clumps.
An eye drop tested on dogs suggests that cataracts, the most common cause of blindness in humans, could one day be cured without surgery, a study says.
A naturally-occurring molecule called lanosterol, administered with an eye dropper, shrank canine cataracts, a team of scientists reported in Nature.
Currently the only treatment available for the debilitating growths, which affect tens of millions of people worldwide, is going under the knife.
While surgery is generally simple and safe, the number of people who need it is set to double in the next 20 years as populations age. And for many, it remains prohibitively costly.[Read the full article….]
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.
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 Continue reading
Source: The Albuquerque Journal
By Dr. Jeff Nichol / For the Journal
PUBLISHED: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12:05 am
Q: I have an 11-year-old Maltese just diagnosed with diabetes. The veterinarian and I are getting her insulin stabilized but she’s gone blind already with diabetic cataracts.
With all I’m doing right now, stabilizing her is a large financial hardship but I’m not willing to give her up. I need to find an ophthalmologist who could remove the cataracts without financially breaking me.
Dr. Nichol: Diabetes is common in small dogs. Most do well with a consistent daily routine of measured feedings and insulin injections.
Sadly, permanent lens damage (cataracts) is to be expected in nearly every diabetic dog – even those who are diagnosed early. Continue reading
Thanks to the generous donations of others, Monday will be life-changing for Dupree and his foster family. Dupree, a 6-year-old boxer, is blind.
While his blindness does not hinder his daily activities, Dupree’s foster mom and New Life Boxer Rescue volunteer Patricia O’Brien Roche of McMurray was determined to restore his sight.
“He’s such a sweet boy,” Roche said. “So if we could have his eyesight restored, why not?”
After having Dupree examined by a specialty veterinarian in the North Hills, Roche learned Dupree suffers from mature cataracts. An expensive surgery would restore sight in his right eye. Dupree’s left eye is full of glaucoma, and the retina is detached. Continue reading
Has your pet been diagnosed with canine diabetes? Is so, you need to know about these complications that often go along with diabetes in dogs. Diabetes is a complex disease, and the more information you have, the better you’ll be able to care for your companion. Continue reading
It just doesn’t seems fair. Your doggie companion has been diagnosed with canine diabetes, and now he’s having trouble with his sight. Unfortunately, cataracts in dogs are extremely common in dogs with diabetes. In fact, most canine diabetics will develop cataracts within a year of being diagnosed with this disease. Continue reading
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