Cataract surgery with foldable intraocular lens implants in captive lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)

J T H N de Faber, J H Pameijer, W Schaftenaar

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Abstract

Two juvenile, male, captive-born lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) with the same father but different mothers developed bilateral cataracts. The cataracts were surgically removed within 6 yr and 3 mo, respectively, of diagnosis, and foldable intraocular lenses were implanted. Although vision was not restored in one eye with a mature, 6-yr-old cataract in gorilla A, surgical intervention on the other eye was performed before a complete cataract developed, and vision was fully restored. Gorilla B was treated at the age of 17 mo, and normal visual development proceeded in both eyes. This animal developed bilateral after-cataract and therefore needed a second intervention in both eyes using Nd:YAG laser treatment. The genetic component of juvenile cataracts should be considered in breeding management programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-4
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004

Keywords

  • Animals
  • Animals, Zoo
  • Ape Diseases/genetics
  • Cataract/genetics
  • Cataract Extraction/methods
  • Gorilla gorilla/genetics
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular/veterinary
  • Male
  • Treatment Outcome

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