The surgeons at LASIK MD have collectively performed over 750,000 eye surgeries—but it’s safe to say they’ve never had a 330 pound sea lion as a patient. Veterinary specialists at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo performed eye surgery on two sea lions and a harbor seal in early 2012.
Eye problems are quite common in seals, sea lions and walruses. Surgeries to correct them are considered delicate because those mammals are prone to have negative reactions to anesthesia and post-surgery infections.
It comes as no surprise that it wasn’t a simple surgery; staff at the zoo took months to prepare the animals for surgery. They had to carefully train them to accept injections and eye drops, breathe into an anesthesia mask and be comfortable in an enclosure without a pool.
The two California sea lions named Buzz and Mikey each had cataract surgery, while the harbor seal named Nemo had lens surgery. The trio were operated on over the course of two days and it took them over three weeks to recover.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts in humans are related to aging. By age 80, more than half of all people in North America either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery!
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