Contact Lenses for Animals Too!

by admin on May 13, 2011

You have to read it to believe it. explains how contact lenses are improving the quality of life for animals thanks to German chemist and entrepreneur, Christine Kreiner. A momma sea lion at Sea World in San Diego can now perform again and be a role model for her newborn because of her new custom contact lenses. The very special sea lion had acrylic intraocular lenses implanted when her vision started to be effected by cataracts. Cataracts can have greater affects on animals, usually causing blindness. Although this particular surgery is extremely pricey, pet owners are often willing to pay thousands to improve the quality of life for their animals, this sea lion in San Diego is no exception.

Recognizing the need to restore vision for animals, contact lens surgery is slowly being taught to veterinarians from San Diego to Bejing. Th World Wildlife Fund also supports the cause. S & V Technologies was formed in 2008 by Ms. Kreiner to produce acrylic intraocular lenses and provide implant surgeries to animals from cats to rhinos. In addition to helping the sea lions, the company has provided implants to a blind kangaroo, a lion, racehorses, circus animals, guide dogs, and several household pets.

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