Two-year-old Rufus from Cambridgeshire has had his sight partially restored after surgery by vets at the Animal Health Trust. A second operation to fully restore his sight will take place shortly.

A two-year-old rescue dog from Cambridgeshire has had his sight partially restored thanks to surgery undertaken by vets at the Animal Health Trust (AHT).

Rufus will soon undergo a second operation to fully restore his sight.Rufus – a two year-old Chinese crested powder puff – has had his first operation, which has given him sight in one eye. He will shortly undergo further surgery to restore sight in his other eye.
 
Rufus was rescued in 2012 by the Chinese Crested Club of Great Britain after suffering abuse at the hands of his owners. However, after rehoming, Rufus’ new family noticed his sight was extremely poor, leaving him nervous and frightened. They took him to the vet where it was confirmed he could only see shadows due to cataracts in both eyes, which meant he was almost completely blind.
 
A specialist studies Rufus' eyes while Sarah, his carer, keeps him steady.As a result, Rufus was rehomed to another foster family in Wyboston, Cambridgeshire, so he could benefit from AHT’s renowned ophthalmology specialists.
 
According to the AHT, restoring Rufus’ sight was going to require two complex operations to remove the cataracts as well as a high level of after care and assessment by both vets and his foster carers.
 
Rufus’ carer Sarah Bunce said: “The AHT has been unbelievable. I know Rufus isn’t an easy patient, but they have been brilliant at persevering with him. To be able to give a rescue dog the gift of sight is amazing, and the AHT team has been really kind and supportive.”
 
AHT’s head of ophthalmology Claudia Hartley said: “I’m so glad we have been able to help Rufus. He was such a scared little dog, due to the possible abuse he may have endured, and the fact that he was almost completely blind.
 
“To be able to undo an injustice such as this really makes my job worthwhile. We are confident that by the time he has had the second operation, we will have been able to fully restore his sight. I hope Sarah is able to find him the good home that he deserves.”

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