October 3, 2009

Grandmother gorilla has cataract surgery

A 42-year-old grandmother gorilla in Miami had surgery to remove cataracts and restore her vision, a doctor says.

Ophthalmologist Frank Spektor said the cataracts surgery the Miami Metrozoo's Josephine the gorilla had should leave her with the primate equivalent of 20-20 vision, The Miami Herald reported Saturday.

The doctor teamed with veterinary ophthalmologists Drs. Christine Miller, Tim J. Cutler and Lorraine Karpinski to donate their services to remove the Josephine's cataracts and insert high-tech plastic lenses.

Prior to Friday's surgery, Josephine was nearly blind and had become lethargic.

The Herald said afterward the gorilla was recovering at the zoo where staff was keeping an eye out for any complications.