Elephant fitted with contact lenses - Cameron Optometry | Cameron Optometry
Elephant fitted with contact lenses

Elephant fitted with contact lenses

Posted on 29th March 2012

Animals and contact lenses aren’t a new combination, but and Amsterdam elephant is one of the largest animals ever fitted with a contact lens in Europe.

Win Thida suffered a nasty scratch on her cornea and the eye was becoming seriously damaged every time her eyelids rubbed over the open wound. Her keepers tried treating her with artificial tears and lubricating gels but without success.

A specialist vet was called in and suggested an supersized contact lens (about 8 times the size of a human one). Insertion wasn’t easy and Win Thida had to be slightly sedated but the plan seems to be working.

At Cameron Optometry, in humans we do exactly the same thing to treat abrasions. First you see whether simple lubrication will allow the eye to heal but failing that a special bandage contact lens is used to act like a plaster and protect the cornea while it heals. Call us if you think you might need our help.


Related Posts

Welcome to our new optical assistant

16th January 2020

We are delighted to welcome optical assistant, Estefania Legaza, to the front-of-house team at the practice. With a passion for optics, Estefania brings a real enthusiasm for eye care, having previous...

Read more

Festive opening hours

16th December 2019

For those planning ahead, we are open between Christmas and New Year but closed on the following days: Tuesday 24 December 2019 – practice closes at 12.30pm  Closed 25 and 26 December 2019 ...

Read more

Gift vouchers for eyewear lovers

02nd December 2019

Gift vouchers are now available to purchase, making the ideal present for the glasses-wearer in your life. They can be used to buy prescription glasses, as well as sunglasses, from our range. So if yo...

Read more

Edinburgh’s first dry eye clinic launches at Cameron Optometry

21st November 2019

We have vast experience in treating ocular surface disease, known as ‘dry eye’ disease or ‘watery eyes’ and have now created a specialist clinic for those suffering with the condition. So many...

Read more