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1 December 2004 CATARACT SURGERY WITH FOLDABLE INTRAOCULAR LENS IMPLANTS IN CAPTIVE LOWLAND GORILLAS (GORILLA GORILLA GORILLA)
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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.

J-T. H. N. de Faber, J. H. Pameijer, and W. Schaftenaar "CATARACT SURGERY WITH FOLDABLE INTRAOCULAR LENS IMPLANTS IN CAPTIVE LOWLAND GORILLAS (GORILLA GORILLA GORILLA)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 35(4), (1 December 2004). https://doi.org/10.1638/03-010
Received: 28 January 2003; Published: 1 December 2004
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