Veterinarian Saves Tiger’s Eye in a World First Operation

For the first time, a veterinarian saves a tiger’s eye in an operation. The surgery was performed to…
Veterinarian saves tiger's eye

For the first time, a veterinarian saves a tiger’s eye in an operation. The surgery was performed to cure a tiger’s ulcerated cornea. The Sumatran tiger at a wildlife park in England has recovered after a successful operation that restored her eyesight.

The tiger, Ratna, who suffered from a cataract, went through an operation in 2017, where the cataract was removed. She suffered from another eye problem. Staff in the Wildlife Park noticed that eyeball was turning bright red as if it had a fractured blood vessel in it.

Dr. David Williams who works at the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital carried out a rare operation that has never been carried out on domestic cats and dogs. This surgery is said to be the first done on a big cat.  According to Williams, Ratna must have got her eye stuck on a shard of bamboo.

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Steve Philip, a vet at the International Zoo Veterinary Group alongside Dr. Williams carried out the operation. Dr. Williams said that Rtna might not be able to see much with her left eye but it was important to save the eye.  The hood transplant procedure was used during the operation.

Two months after the surgery, Ratna recovered fully. All thanks to post-surgery monitoring and regular eye drops. Ratna had always enjoyed sitting on the top of her enclosure but when her cornea worsened, she found it difficult moving about.

Her coordination looks a lot better now, and the best thing is that the surgery eliminated the need for Ratna to have her eye drops and she has never been so enthusiastic about it.

Rebecca Willers, park manager

As this veterinarian saves a tiger’s eye, it is considered as the world first. This is the first time ever such operation would be performed on a big cat.

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