Contact Lenses for Dogs?? Woof! (Yes!)

Contact lenses basically work as a bandage for a damaged cornea as an alternative of rectifying a vision issue.

Tinted contact lenses could be used to conceal a pet’s disfigured and scarred eye, typically for the owner’s comfort in living with the pet. Nonetheless, dog shows prohibit their use in competition shows.

Contact lenses for medical use are typically the soft type, meaning they have a high percentage of water. These are known as therapeutic soft contact lenses. After use in human medicine, a couple of veterinarians started using TSCLs in cats, horses and dogs in the late 70s.

The dog lenses differ in base curves and diameters to fit the cornea securely. Corneal curvatures aren’t typically measured in dog patients, so getting contact lens could involve some trial and error.

It could seem weird to envision your pet wearing contact lenses, but it’s not unusual for pet doctors to use contact lenses on animals. You may even remember reading in the news about a real rare case in America in which medical professionals were thinking about making enormous contact lenses for an elephant (C’sar) at North Carolina Zoo diagnosed with poor vision.

Unlike humans, contact lenses for pets are frequently used for a different purpose. Instead vets use them for animals that have hurt their corneas. The lens serves two purposes. They let the eye heal by shielding it like a bandage against pain caused by the movement of the eyelids and stops the owner from having to pay out for a difficult surgery.

Just like humans, animals can get a cataract. This is an eye disease that blocks light from going through to the retina making the vision decline frequently leading to blindness. The only helpful treatment for cataracts is an operation in which the cloudy lens is detached and replaced with a synthetic clear lens that lets the person or pet see.