TORONTO — A cat eye that was operated on by a doctor in Canada as an experiment has been used to save a soldier’s life.
Dr. John Krasniewski of Toronto’s Sunnybrook Eye Centre said he had received a call from a military patient who had lost his sight in the previous three years after surgery.
He said the surgery was performed to save his sight.
“I didn’t expect it to save somebody’s life,” he said.
Krasniewicz said the cat eye was the first surgery he had performed to repair damaged optic nerves in the eye.
The patient, a sergeant in the Canadian Army, was diagnosed with retinal detachment in 2014 after undergoing surgery for a broken optic nerve in his eye.
Krasny said he performed the cat vision surgery on the patient’s eye, removing some of the damaged optic nerve and repairing it with corneal implants.
Now he’s getting calls from people across the country, including members of the military who need his expertise, Krasniowski said.
“I’m trying to get the word out, because I don’t want people to get confused.
You don’t need a cat eye, you don’t have to have cat eyes, you can get them by other means.
If you’re a vet or an optometrist, a cat lens or cat eye would do the trick.”
He added that the cat was a success and he hopes more vets will have it.