Article Text

Current concepts in the management of canine cataract: a survey of techniques used by surgeons in Britain, Europe and the USA and a review of recent literature
  1. D. L. Williams, MA, VetMB, PhD, CertVOphthal, MRCVS1,
  2. I. P. Boydell, BVetMed, CertVOphthal, MRCVS2 and
  3. R. D. Long, BVetMed, DVOphthal, MRCVS3,1
  1. 1 Department of Veterinary Basic Sciences, Royal Veterinary College, Royal College Street, London NW1 OTU
  2. 2 Animal Medical Centre, 511 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 1UF
  3. 3 Stone Lion Veterinary Hospital, 41 High Street, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AU


One of the authors (D. L. W.) visited ophthalmologists in Great Britain, Europe and the USA to assess current practice in the surgery of cataracts in dogs. This paper describes the results of these visits and provides a survey of the literature. The success rates in canine cataract surgery have increased markedly in the last 10 years, particularly as a result of the introduction of phacoemulsification techniques and the reduction in the use of extracapsular cataract extraction; these new techniques and the problems they seek to overcome are discussed. The paper also considers the developing field of intraocular lens implantation, the rationale behind such developments and the benefits and potential problems which may occur after the'extraction of a cataract and the implantation of a lens.

Statistics from


  • Mr Long died in 1994

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.