Restoring eyesight for dogs with cataracts is now a reality. When your family pet developed cataracts there was nothing that could be done and over time your pet would go blind. Through reserach they are now able to perform cataract surgery on mans best friend. Great job.- MDA
Tim Wetzel, KHOU 11 News-
Dr. Julie Hempstead is one of a handful of veterinary ophthalmologists in Houston. She performs cataract surgeries on animals. She is restoring sight to dogs that have cataracts.
HOUSTON — There’s no stopping Wilma. The poodle has free reign at the Houston Humane Society. She rides the elevator, goes in and out of offices, and is, essentially, a four-legged employee.
“Wilma lives here 100 percent of the time,” Monica Schmidt said. “She’s a mascot for the Houston Humane Society and helps us educate the community.”
But the 10-year-old dog, who was rescued from a puppy mill, recently developed cataracts. They caused her to lose vision in both eyes, making her mascot job almost impossible.
“If you tried to give her a treat, she couldn’t see it,” Schmidt said. “It affected every aspect of her life.”
But new technology means new hope for dogs like Wilma.
Dr. Julie Hempstead is one of a handful of veterinary ophthalmologists in Houston. She performs cataract surgeries on animals….
“It’s really rewarding,” Hempstead said. “I love coming to work every day. It’s a fantastic job.” ….
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