Category Archives: Cataracts

Diabetic dogs often develop cataracts which result in partial or total loss of sight

* Steroid eye drops reverse cataracts in mice | Science/AAAS | News


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.


Source: Steroid eye drops reverse cataracts in mice | Science/AAAS | News

Advance could lead to new treatments for millions afflicted with the condition

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.

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* Cataracts could be treated with eye drops instead of surgery in future, study says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Source: abc.net.au

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PHOTO: In the future, cataracts could be treated with eye drops instead of costly surgery, scientists say. (ABC TV)

PHOTO: In the future, cataracts could be treated with eye drops instead of costly surgery, scientists say. (ABC TV)

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.

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Source: Cataracts could be treated with eye drops instead of surgery in future, study says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

* 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.

Photo (KHOU)

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 Continue reading

* Move fast to treat cataracts | Albuquerque Journal News

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

* Observer-Reporter | Donations helping blind dog regain sight

Dupree the 6-year-old blind boxer

6-year-old Dupree is blind but with the help of donations, he will shortly undergo surgery to restore his sight in one eye.

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

* Five Complications Of Canine Diabetes — Is Your Dog At Risk?

Author:
Darlene Norris

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

* Canine Diabetes And Cataracts In Dogs — Can You Stop Your Dog From Going Blind?

Author:
Darlene Norris

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