2001 Volume 54 Issue 11 Pages 847-850
Intraocular silicon prostheses were implanted into 46 eyes in 42 dogs. In 45 of the 46, prognosis for the implant was good (97.8% success rate). The silicon sphere in 1 of the 46, however, had to be removed because of corneal ulcer and penetration after surgery. Breeds most often affected were Shih Tzu (13 eyes), Shiba (7 eyes), and American Cocker Spaniel (6 eyes). For the Shih Tzu, the silicon-sphere diameter most frequently used was 18mm. The sphere most frequently used for the Shiba and the American Cocker Spaniel was 16mm in diameter. Almost all owners were satisfied with the operation. When the patient is carefully selected, this procedure is excellent in terms of owner satisfaction, cosmetic appearance, and high success rate.