Case Of The Month

Case Of The Month

Diabetic cataract

An eight-year-old male Labrador with the history of Diabetes mellitus was presented to our veterinary ophthalmologist with the complaint of recent blindness. Diabetic cataract is a common phenomenon that occurs in dogs with long-standing Diabetes mellitus. Diabetes in dogs is manifested with clinical signs of excessive urination, increased thirst, increased appetite initially and sudden weight changes. Undiagnosed cases often result in a medical emergency of ketoacidosis where the dog becomes comatose. Diabetes in dogs is managed with Insulin injections prescribed by a vet after careful glucose monitoring. The diet of the dog has to be carefully managed.

Diabetic cataract causes the lens to become hard and opaque. Minimally invasive cataract surgery was performed with intra-ocular lens placement.