Treatment of ophidism-induced bilateral canine cataract by extracapsular lens extraction and intraocular lens implantation

Iran J Vet Res. 2014 Fall;15(4):416-9.


The aim of this study was to report a new cause of cataract, namely snake bite induced cataract in a dog. A 3-year-old male mongrel dog was referred to our clinic for the assessment of cataract in both eyes. The dog was bitten by a snake nearly 4 months ago. A 40 dioptre acrylic lens with 13 mm haptics was implanted into the lens capsule. In the left eye, posterior synechia was detected in the temporal part of the iris, but decentration of the intraocular lens was not observed. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of bilateral cataract caused by ophidism and treated by surgical intervention in a dog.

Keywords: Cataract; Dog; Extra-capsular extraction; Intraocular lens.

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