Full Small Animal Cataract Service
A bi-manual surgical technique is used with our state of the art Alexos phacoemulsification machine. We have a Zeiss dual head operating microscope and use British handmade Weiss micro-surgical instruments, a Stryker surgical chair and a RETIport ERG and a high frequency ultrasound for the pre-operative assessment. We have Tonovet, Tonopen tonometers, indirect headmounted ophthalmoscopy and Slitlamps for the pre and post-operative checks.
When should cataract surgery be performed?
Cataracts are best operated on early as a rule of thumb, as soon as effective vision is lost. This is especially important in diabetic cataracts which can swell rapidly causing lens rupture.
What happens if cataracts are left untreated?
Lens induced uveitis will cause inflammation in the eye and predispose to glaucoma which can preclude surgery at a later date.
Not all eyes are suitable for surgery so an appointment should be arranged for an early assessment.
What is the cost of cataract surgery?
Unilateral cataract surgery (one eye): £2800-£3200* incl VAT.
Bilateral cataract surgery (two eyes): £3950-£4500* incl VAT.
*The first 4 post-operative checks are included (if seen during standard opening hours), starting from the day after surgery. Checks up to and including 6 months are charged at £43.44 incl VAT. Ongoing drugs or further procedures are not included and charged as required. The cataract cases are usually seen every 6-12 months for life once up and running and these checks are charged at normal re-check prices which are £102.61.
Some Recent Small Animal Cataract Cases Seen
Congenital cataract in the right eye of a 2-year old British Shorthair Male Cat and 2 months post cataract surgery. Note the clear visual axis, normal retinal reflection and comfort of the right eye (the left eye is normal, but the retinal reflection is not showing in the picture). The concentric rings seen in the right eye are integral to the replacement synthetic intraocular lens from Acrivet.
All of our Ophthamology cases are seen by Ida Gilbert BVSc CertVOphthal MRCVS. and Vim Kumaratunga
BVSc CertVOphthal MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology . They are happy to discuss or give advice on all matters relating to small animal ophthalmology. They can be contacted via email at Eastcott Referrals