A rooster within the Iranian city of Tabriz is the first of his kind to undergo cataract surgery. The operation was performed on a five-year-old cockerel by Dr. Behnam Ghaffarzadeh, a surgeon and eye specialist. Ghaffarzadeh stated that while the surgery concerned the animal’s left eye, he also checked the condition of its right eye in the event that that organ would also require surgical treatment.
While the unnamed rooster is the first cockerel to undergo cataract surgery, Ghaffarzadeh mentioned that this incident was hardly his first experience in operating on fowl. Ghaffarzadeh has previously operated on a 9-year-old duck. Ghaffarzadeh explained that because the pupils of a bird’s eye differ greatly from humans, cats and dogs, surgical procedures on a bird’s eyes are considerably more intricate and carry the risk of losing a pupil. he went on to clarify that his operation on the rooster went well and without any complications.
Shokoufeh Khalili, the owner of the pet rooster, remarked that the bird had lost his vision roughly 18 months ago. She blamed the cataract for this development. After doing extensive research on avian cataract surgery, both domestically within Iran and abroad, Khalili became disheartened to discover that precious little information existed of veterinarian practitioners performing such a procedure. All of her results came back with news of operations on dogs and cats. After eventually learning of Ghaffarzadeh’s work on a duckling’s eyesight, Khalili took to Tabriz to see if he could heal her rooster.
A cataract is the name for the condition where the lens of an eye grows cloudy and impedes eyesight. Often seen as an ailment of the elderly, cataracts can develop over a very long period of time and can manifest within only a single eye or within both eyes at once. The vision impairment from even one cataract can lead to dimmed sense of colors, blurring images, seeing coronas around light sources, sensitivity to bright lights and even night-blindness.