A condition both present in humans and pets alike, cataract presents itself by blurring ones vision. With cataracts, the eye lens opacity is no longer clear, causing blurred vision, and eventually all functional vision. Caused by a decrease in water and proteins in the lens, this condition originates either by genetic predisposition, diabetes, or a reaction to a toxin.
Cataract is diagnosed with an ophthalmoscopic exam. There is no current treatment to improve clarity of the lens once diagnosed, however, surgical procedures to remove the cataract are available. On average, the cost of surgery for both eyes is about $3,000.
To read more about cataract in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.