Pets get their eyes screened

Published: 13th April 2013 07:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th April 2013 07:40 AM   |  A+A-


More than 200 animals were examined at the first free eye camp for animals organised by the ophthalmology unit of Madras Veterinary College on Thursday.

The camp was inaugurated by R Prabakaran, vice-chancellor of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. Experts such as Dr Simon Petersen-Jones and Dr Bryden Stanley, both from Michigan State University, were present during the camp to offer advice.

Animals were screened and treated for cataract, glaucoma, corneal injury and other eye-related ailments at the camp. 

Speaking to City Express, Prabakaran said, “Cataract is a common ailment among animals too. In order to treat animals with ophthalmic problems, the university started its ophthalmic surgery unit in 2002.”

The ophthalmic surgery unit is the first to standardise ophthalmic procedures such as cataract surgery and IOL implantations in dogs, corneal surgery and glaucoma filtration surgery.

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