Doctors of the Veterinary Service “Zaharov and Farafontova” make plastic eyes for pets

The Veterinary Service “Zakharov and Farafontova” conducts examination and treatment of any eye diseases in pets.
If you are concerned about your pet’s deteriorating vision or other vision problems, the clinic’s specialists are ready to assist you with any questions and vision problems.

Specialist level

One of them, the veterinarian of the Veterinary Service Irina Nazarova, an experienced veterinarian, recently returned from the 30th Anniversary International Veterinary Congress in Moscow, where she was invited as a special lecturer.
“This is one of the biggest events in the veterinary field,” he says. – The program of my field at the conference was dedicated to the topic of corneal transplantation (transparent convex lens of the outer capsule of the eye, which has a strong refractive power. – Author’s note) and I shared my knowledge and experience. Corneal transplantation (keratoplasty) is a microsurgery in which the affected area of ​​the animal’s cornea is replaced with a healthy donor or artificial material.
With corneal albums, serious injuries, perforated ulcers, eye burns, dystrophy and penetrating corneal injuries, the only surgery that helps save the eye and partially restore vision is usually corneal transplantation.
“In our Veterinary Service, the operations are performed using a donor and artificial material”, continues Irina Nazarova. A donor transplant is a material obtained from the carcass of an animal that has died, for example, from a high-altitude injury or from a car, by prior agreement with its owner. We freeze such material or dry it in a special way, then, as needed, thaw it or soak it and transplant it into holes in the cornea of ​​our patients’s eyes. An artificial implant is an amniotic membrane (tissue that covers an animal’s placenta. – About Aut.). Which of the methods is preferable – in each case, the ophthalmologist determines, depending on the type of animal, the nature of the injury, the severity of the disease, the size and depth of the corneal lesion. It sometimes happens that one type of material is used in one patient’s eye and another is used in the other. A recent case study: A cat was introduced and diagnosed with corneal sealing, a specific eye disease in cats in which there is necrosis (death) of part of the cornea and its replacement with a dye. In addition, necrosis developed in both eyes, in one it was severe, inside and out, so I had to cut part of the cornea, it was common to put a donor implant there. And the second is smaller, they used artificial material from the amniotic membrane.

Misfortune helped

Most often, corneal attachment occurs in Persian and hairless cats – these are characteristics of the breed. The treatment is only surgical – removal of this sealant, while the doctor not only “patches” the damaged cornea, but also tries to ensure that the cornea becomes transparent again, which means that the quality of vision is maintained as much as possible. This helps to achieve modern materials, they work especially well if not more than two days have passed since the death of the donor. Then, after the operation, the cornea becomes completely transparent again, but such coincidences are rare, so in other cases it is more about keeping the eye as an organ and partial transparency. The surgeries are in demand, about ten patients perform them at the Veterinary Service per week.
Another interesting case was presented in the collection of ophthalmological practice by the veterinarian Nazarova: a 12-year-old dog with prolapse of the lacrimal gland of the third eyelid (pathology in which the lacrimal gland shifts out of its normal position, is violated by the tip of the third eyelid and is perceived in the corner of the eye. – About the author.). Lived with lacrimal gland prolapse for the past 9 years, the owners believed that the operation was not worth doing, despite the fact that this pathology is not only aesthetically ugly, but often leads to trauma and inflammation of the cornea. Recently, however, the dog got into a fight with a cat, hit him with its fingernails right in the eye, so much so that the owners came to the Veterinary Service with the words “do something” and with the expectation of taking him out.
“The four-legged patient’s eye was really in a terrible condition,” says the ophthalmologist. – But this is exactly the case that there would be no happiness, but misfortune helped. During the examination, it turned out that the cat had a dissection of the developing lacrimal gland and did not enter the eye itself.
As a result, we made plastic, put the iron back in place and when the owners saw their dog with two healthy eyes, they were very surprised.

Vision and ticks

According to the expert, ticks are also dangerous for the eyes, or rather, the consequences of the treatment of piroplasmosis (babbling) – the disease they cause.
– Every week, throughout the Veterinary Service, they bring us up to three dozen dogs with this plague. However, medications for the background of a generally weakened body in some pets can cause retinal detachment and consequent loss of vision. Huskies, Malamutes and Shepherds are the most susceptible to this symptom. To prevent this from happening, you should monitor the pet closely and if you notice that the animal has suddenly stopped seeing (for example, bumping into objects), then you should contact the Veterinary Service immediately. Within 72 hours, we will restore vision with the help of special treatment and if more time passes, the retina will die and the pet will be blinded. Therefore, once again I want to remind you of the regular prevention against ticks, summarizes the veterinarian.
If you notice that your pet’s vision has deteriorated, a dog or cat’s eyes are inflamed or soaked, you should not postpone a visit to a specialist. Seeing an ophthalmologist can help you avoid serious vision problems. Experienced veterinarians from the Veterinary Service Zakharov and Farafontova will perform an examination and determine if treatment or surgery is required. Here you will find not only high quality veterinary care, but also a sensitive, attentive attitude to each patient.


Ophthalmologist Irina Nazarova knows everything about how to maintain and, if possible, restore vision in your pets

“Sakharov and Farafontova” Veterinary Services

  • “Agat-Zapad” – veterinary clinic and dentistry, Kaliningrad, st. Krasnoselskaya, 79, tel. 97-30-00.
  • “Agat-Center” – 24-hour veterinary clinic and gastroenterology, Kaliningrad, st. Ozernaya, 25b, tel. 32-99-00.
  • “Agat-Sever” – veterinary clinic and dermatology, Kaliningrad, st. Ozernaya, 45, tel. 98-68-27.
  • “Agat” – veterinary clinic and cardiology, Kaliningrad, st. Kutaisskaya, 20, tel. 75-20-84.
  • “Agat-24” – 24-hour veterinary clinic and traumatology, Kaliningrad, st. Alley of the Bold, 82a, tel. 68-68-58.

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The Veterinary Service performs about 10 microsurgeries on the cornea per week

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