With the significant help of our favorite veterinary ophthalmologist, Dr. Paul Jackson (deceased), along with our favorite human ophthalmologist, Dr Art Giebel, we removed a cataract from a McCaw.
This page has graphic surgical pictures.
Birds tend to be more sensitive to anesthesia than most mammals, so special precautions are taken to minimize the risk. We always perform pre-anesthetic diagnostic tests prior to surgery to make sure there are no internal problems.
In addition to the substantial surgical expertise of our surgeons, this surgery is not possible without special equipment, especially a dual surgical microscope.
A microscopic incision is literally made into the eye near the cornea. The cataract is emulsified just like in people. A new lens is not put in, unlike in people.
The eyelids have been pulled away and the incision is about to begin
A probe is inserted into the incision
The opening is made larger
The cataract is sucked out
If you enlarge this photo and look carefully you will see the very fine suture material in the lower right corner used to close the incision in the eye
Our happy surgery team, from left to right-
Art Giebel, MD
Carl Palazzolo, DVM
Paul Jackson, DVM
Our patient ready to go home
A healed eye