If your pet has been diagnosed with cataracts and you would like to consider restoring his or her vision with cataract surgery, the next step is to have an evaluation performed by a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist. During this examination, your pet will be evaluated for concurrent ocular disease that could prohibit him or her from having a successful cataract surgery, such as corneal disease, severe inflammation within the eyes (uveitis), or retinal disease (degeneration or detachment). We will use a combination of findings from the ocular examination, as well as additional diagnostics, including functional testing of the retinal (electroretinogram) and ocular ultrasound, to make this determination. Your pet’s total body health will also be assessed with a physical examination and with blood and urine screening tests (complete blood count, biochemical profile, urinalysis). If your pet is found to be a good ocular candidate for surgery, and in sufficient overall health to undergo anesthesia, surgery will be recommended.