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Phacoemulsification of bilateral cataracts in a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)
  1. T. R. Kelly, DVM1,
  2. W. Walton, LVT2,
  3. B. Nadelstein, DVM, DipACVO3 and
  4. G. A. Lewbart MS, VMD, DipACZM1
  1. 1Environmental Medicine Consortium and Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, 4700 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27606, USA
  2. 2Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center Stranding Program, 717 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
  3. 3Animal Eye Care, 1100 Eden Way North, Chesapeake, VA 23320, USA


An immature free-living loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) of unknown sex was found moribund off the coast of Wise Point, Virginia. It was suffering from cachexia and had bilateral hypermature cataracts which were treated by phacoemulsification under general anaesthesia. The surgery restored the turtle’s vision and it was returned to the wild

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  • Dr Kelly is also at Hanes Medical Center, North Carolina Zoological Park, Asheboro, NC 27205, USA

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