Message Number: YG4290 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-06-03 22:54:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Cataract Questions

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., moreferrets@h... wrote:
> actually i'll risk speaking for others by mentioning what i think
> the main reason ferrets don't have their cataracts removed is the
> cost of the procedure. in this area (metro detroit) there is a
> specialist who does the surgery - both eyes - for $1,300.00.

Yes, that's pretty much the going rate - it is a specialized
procedure, and the small size fo the ferret eye makes it even more

her dad
> was convinced that the procedure included the insertion of a lens -
> much like they do for humans - but the literature and records he
> provided made no mention of such being inserted after cataract
> removal.

I'm pretty sure that a lens was not inserted. In most cases in
animals, the defective lens is removed, rendering the animal able to
see, but vision is limited to light and dark, shapes and shadows, and
a limited range of vision (but if you are totally blind, it does amek
all the difference in the world.) I'm pretty darn sure that there
are not any ferret lenses developied out there just yet.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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