Turtle vision

Lake Ontario snapper can see again.

This type of cataract surgery is not known to have been tried before in a wild freshwater turtle.

Its shell is 41 centimetres long and is one of Ontario’s seven at-risk turtle species. Snapping turtles are known to live up to 100 years.

Veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Joseph Wolfer at the Animal Eye Clinic donated his time and operating costs to remove the cataract in an eight-hour operation Wednesday at his clinic.

“I’ve done cataract surgery on dogs, cats, birds and deer, but this was my first turtle and this was the biggest and oldest snapping turtle I’ve ever seen,” Wolfer said.

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