26.06.2016

Short-sighted elephant to receive jumbo contact lenses

Short-sighted elephant to receive jumbo contact lenses

An elephant is set to receive some of the largest contact lenses in the world and find out what humans have been benefitting from for decades.

C'sar the African bull elephant, who has lived at North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro since 1978, is being considered for the enormous lenses after undergoing corrective surgery to rectify vision problems.

His deteriorating sight had led to significant weight loss and depression, until experts at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine realised he had eyesight problems and treated him for cataracts in two separate operations.

However, the surgery has meant that C'sar is now far-sighted, which has led experts, including Richard McMullen, assistant professor of veterinary ophthalmology at NC State, to weigh up whether the elephant could wear contact lenses.

He told the Press Association that the lenses would have to be soft and almost three times larger than the contacts fitted for a human, adding that it will be August at the earliest before such a fitting can take place.ADNFCR-1853-ID-801388265-ADNFCR


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