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Elephant Undergoes Cataract Surgery

Updated on March 24, 2014

C'sar Undergoes Cataract Surgery

C'sar, a 37 year old elephant at the North Carolina Zoo, suffered from cataracts since 2010. Just recently, surgical specialists from NC veterinary school spent 4 hours removing the cataract in C'sar's left eye. C'sar may undergo cataract surgery on his right eye in the near future.

Who would believe that we are performing cataract surgery on zoo animals now! What amazing technology!


C'sar Returns to Exhibit Soon

C'sar has been at the North Carolina Zoo since 1978, but has not been on exhibit since March due to poor eye sight.

C'sar was originally supposed to have received an artificial lens implant in place of the cataract removed. Unfortunately, due to tissue damage in his left eye, the specialists decided against inserting the artificial lens.

Although C'sar has recovered well, he is left farsighted without the artificial lens transplant.

C'sar is scheduled to return back to the zoo's exhibit soon, as soon as he recovers fully!



Cataracts occur in humans and animals alike. The act of removing a cataract in humans has become simple and very straightforward. The risks and complications are minimal for us humans.

The amazing feat of removing a cataract from an elephant is just beyond extraordinary. The size of an elephant's lens has to be at least the size of a football. The act of performing surgery on this size requires skill and precision. Technology today continues to amaze me. It is wondrous and joyful for me to see technology used in such amazing ways!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What an amazing hub - I hope C'sar makes a good recovery.

      Thank you for sharing and voted up.

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      harmony155 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Frogyfish: Thanks for visiting!

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Amazing procedure and hub. Glad to know the elephant 'recovered' but sorry he's far-sighted. Much better than being blinded though. The dog video was fantastic too. Thanks for sharing this interesting story.

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      harmony155 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Seeker7: Thanks for the support!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Fabulous hub and how refreshing to get some positive news about our animals! Hope C'sar's recovery is a good one!

      Really enjoyable hub + voted up!

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      harmony155 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Vinner: I'm glad you enjoyed this article. I found it just as facinating to hear we can operate on elephants with ease !

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      Wow really cool article. How did you get these pictures. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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      harmony155 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Alloporus: You bring up an excellent point. The whole procedure is truly remarkable!

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      alloporus 5 years ago

      Pretty amazing just to sedate such a creature.