Guide dog has its own sight restored to enjoy retirement

Retired guide dog 'Rory' who was blind before his cataract removal surgery but can now see again.
Retired guide dog 'Rory' who was blind before his cataract removal surgery but can now see again.

A retired guide dog has had its sight restored by a north Down veterinary surgeon after cataracts threatened to blight its well-earned retirement.

Rory, a ten-year-old Labrador, had given ten years faithful service before succumbing to the debilitating condition.

His lady owner felt this was particularly tough and unfair prognosis and that Rory deserved much better in his old age.

Dr Isabel Buehler and her team at the Cedarmount Veterinary Clinic in Bangor came to the rescue with a complex, life-changing operation to remove a cataract from the much-loved dog’s left eye.

Cataracts result in the loss of transparency leading to a reduction in sight capability.

They are caused by a disruption of the eye tissue, often giving a white or crushed ice appearance in the lens of the eye.

The kind-hearted vet said the success of the procedure had brought “a beautiful happy ending for such a noble dog,” who had been retained by his grateful owner as a pet.

She said that Rory was once again stealing her slippers, and getting up to many other of his old tricks, now that he can see again.

Dr Buehler added: “It is always very special to be able to restore a dog’s vision, but in this particular case, it was an absolute honour to do so.”