Date: 2002-07-05 01:46:30 UTC
Subject: RE: Ferret Question for Vets
Tue cataracts can appear at any age. While there are some lens changes which progress with age, a cataract is actually a defect in the cells which form the lens - these cells imbibe water, swell, and no longer form the precise arrays within the lens which allow proper transfer of light and focusing on the retina.
However, ferrets with cataracts do extremely well.
With kindest regards,
Bruce Williams dVM
> We just rescued a ferret this afternoon who appears to have cataracts, and
> are wondering at what age do those start to appear, <ball park figure>?
> This little guy is supposed to be only about 3 yo and we are thinking that is
> kind young for cataracts, isn't it?