Enucleation is the surgical removal of the eyeball. It is a last-resort treatment for very serious eye diseases or injuries after all other alternatives have been carefully considered.

Modern surgical techniques allow minimum disfigurement and maximum comfort to the patient. After the eyeball is removed, the eyelids are sutured permanently closed. This procedure is an acceptable, humane alternative to destruction of the animal.

After healing is complete, most animals show only a faint scar and a shallow indentation of the skin where the eyeball was removed. If your pet has long hair, the area may be hidden by various grooming techniques. Animals adjust very well to single-eyed vision.

Your pet will be examined before surgery to determine if there are any medical problems that increase the risk of general anesthesia and surgery. Laboratory tests and radiographs (x-rays) may be required.