NCSU procedure improves cataract surgery for pets

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RALEIGH. N.C. - 4/15/05 - The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine incorporated new technology to treat cataracts.

RALEIGH. N.C. - 4/15/05 - The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine incorporated new technology to treat cataracts.

The procedure removes damaged lenses and replaces them with new ones through an incision the size of a pencil tip. A 3.2-mm opening is made in an animal's cornea, and a probe is inserted. An ultrasonic wave breaks the cataractous lens apart. It is removed, and a new synthetic lens, which is foldable, is inserted through the same opening.

NCS has the only hospital in the state that offers computer-controlled cataract phacoemulsification and aspiration technology and employs the small-incision technique. The procedure claims a 90-percent to 95-percent success rate and ranges in price from $1,200 to $1,600.

Medication is administered to the eyes for several weeks as to prevent infection, college officials say.

In other news:

NCSU has built support for the college by creating a Walk of Honor to support small animals and a horseshoe hall of fame, the Gallop of Honor, to improve the equine health program.

The College has raised more than $380,000 from the Walk of Honor and $27,000 for the Gallop of Honor.

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