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Vet Ophthalmol. 2000;3(2-3):157-164.

Cataract phacofragmentation in horses.

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Department of Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas 77843, USA.


Cataract surgeries were carried out in fifty-one eyes of 36 horses over a 15-year period. Cataracts were removed using phacofragmentation and aspiration. Useful vision was restored after surgery in 30 horses. One year after surgery 16 of the 19 horses for which follow up information was available were still visual with several still being used as working horses. At 5-6 years after surgery three horses were still visual. The most frequent intraoperative complication was tearing of the posterior lens capsule. The most frequent postoperative problem was superficial corneal ulceration. Four eyes in three horses developed postoperative infectious endophthalmitis resulting in blindness.

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