Vets In Australia Outfit Goldfish With Prosthetic Eye

Gary had popeye, a common condition in goldfish.

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Gary had a condition called “popeye.” His right eye was surgically removed. Via Lort Smith Hospital/Facebook
John Virata

A goldfish in Australia had such a severe case of popeye, a condition common in goldfish, that veterinarians were called in to perform surgery on the 10-year-old fish.

Gary’s big eye didn’t respond to antibiotics or any other treatments that were used in an effort to cure the popeye, so the only solution was to perform micro-surgery.

The surgery, which took 20 minutes with Gary out of water and anaesthetised, was performed by Dr. Tristan Rich of Lort Smith, who surgically removed Gary left eye.

INCREDIBLE FISH SURGERY! WARNING: Graphic content.

Lort Smith have done it again – performed micro-surgery on a goldfish! Following the success of George’s tumour removal in 2014 (http://bit.ly/2rq2nxQ), Dr Tristan Rich this time worked his magic on George’s pondmate Gary.

Gary, who is around ten years old and weighs just 24-grams, was suffering from “pop eye” – a relatively common condition for goldfish. His enlarged eye failed to respond to antibiotics and other treatment, meaning surgery became necessary.

The delicate procedure involved the comet goldfish anaesthetised and out of water for almost 20 minutes while having his left eye surgically removed.

Following a brief stay at Lort Smith Hospital, in Melbourne, Victoria Australia, Gary has returned to his carer’s fish pond where he is recovering beautifully with fish mates George and Matt.

“They might be small, but goldfish are surprisingly resilient and Gary appears to have responded really well,” Dr Rich said.
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Posted by Lort Smith on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Gary stayed at Lort Smith for a short stay to recover and is now back in his pond with his friends George and Matt.

“They might be small, but goldfish are surprisingly resilient and Gary appears to have responded really well,” Dr. Rich said on the Lort Smith Facebook page.

Thanks Dr. Rich. Keep on swimming, Gary!

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