Cataract Surgery FAQ
You will find some of our most frequently asked questions regarding cataract surgery on this page. The video below shows Max before and after surgery. While not all of our patients are so eager to get up and go, this is an example of how well many of our patients can see immediately following surgery.
If you feel your pet has cataracts, whether just starting or fully developed, give us a call to be scheduled for an exam!
Max Before Cataract Surgery
Max Before Cataract Surgery
Max After Cataract Surgery
Max After Cataract Surgery - Obstacles!
What is involved with cataract surgery?We're glad you asked! Your first step is to schedule an exam with Dr. Beaumont. Unfortunately, not every dog is a candidate for surgery. The first visit allows us to do a full exam to look for any obvious problems such as glaucoma, inflammation, dry eye, etc. If it is determined that your pet appears to be a good candidate, we then schedule them for a work up. The work up involves 2 different tests done with light IV sedation. The first test is an ERG (electroretinogram). This test helps us determine how well the retinas are functioning. If we get low or flat line results, we know that even if we did cataract surgery, your pet would have poor or no vision. In this case, surgery would not be recommended. The second test is an ocular ultrasound. This test helps us evaluate the structures in the back of the eye. We use this test to determine if there are any retinal detachments or other anatomical abnormalities. If the retina is detached it causes blindness and we would not recommend surgery. If all of these things look good, we schedule surgery within 1-2 weeks of the work up. You want to move fast because cataracts can cause complications that can change the eye quickly. Sometimes pets are a candidate one week and then come for a recheck weeks or months later and they are no longer able to have surgery. Please remember that cataract surgery is a big commitment. You must be willing to medicate your pet long term and bring them for rechecks. Failure to do so can lead to complications and potentially loss of vision. See our Cataracts page for more detailed information!
Do you have payment plans?We accept Care Credit but we do not provide any in house payment plans.
Are you open on Saturdays?Our hours of operation are Monday - Thursday, 8 AM - 5 PM and Fridays from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. We are not open on the weekend however, we are able to see emergencies if needed. Current patients may call us directly after hours. New patients must be referred by their veterinarian. After hours visits include emergency fees and are only for true emergencies.
Can you give me directions?We are located at 1545 W. Plano Parkway, west of 75. Our free-standing building is between Custer and Alma directly across from a new apartment complex. We are in a gray and white building set back from the road. See Contact Us for a map and our contact information.
Can you text me?Unfortunately we do not have texting capabilities at this time. We will call you with reminders as well as send postcards. If you need our address or a map, please refer to our Contact Us page. Feel free to book mark the page or email a copy of the link to yourself for quick reference!
Will my pet be examined by a DACVO/Board Certified Ophthalmologist?At Animal Eye Specialists, your pet will ALWAYS be examined by a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist. Don't settle for any less when it comes to your pet's ophthalmology needs!
We look forward to working closely with you and your veterinarian to restore your pet's vision and improve his/her quality of life! Please call us if you have any further questions regarding cataract surgery.