An eight-year-old male Labrador with the history of Diabetes mellitus was presented to our veterinary ophthalmologist with the complaint of recent blindness. A 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.
A diabetic cataract causes the lens to become hard and opaque. Minimally invasive cataract surgery was performed with intraocular lens placement.