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Doggles Explores Canine Corrective Lenses

Doggles, a manufacturer of protective eyewear for dogs, is trying on a new product line-ILS Doggles with corrective lenses.

Doggles, a manufacturer of protective eyewear for dogs, is trying on a new product line-ILS Doggles with corrective lenses.

"We are passionate about providing protective eyewear for dogs, but we wanted to take it a step further," said Roni Di Lullo, Doggles president. "And knowing how many dogs suffer from bad vision, this seemed like the obvious next step."

Michael Brinkmann, DVM, Dipl. ACVO, a veterinary ophthalmologist in Las Vegas, Nev., said that the company has worked with him to produce the corrective Doggles, which he is currently testing out on a handful of his patients.

In particular, he said, the lenses can be used to correct the farsightedness that occurs in dogs that have undergone cataract surgery but could not have lens implants.

"I give them an 'A' just for doing it," he said, adding that the company developed and supplied him with the test glasses free of charge.

Dr. Brinkmann said that he is still collecting feedback from clients testing out the glasses and that it was too early for him to definitively say whether the Doggles were being well received. He was, however, optimistic.

"I think the Doggles approach is a workable one," he said. "It's in its early stages."
Amy Bond, a spokeswoman for Doggles, said at press time the corrective Doggles were being issued on a case-by-case basis. A prescription from a veterinarian or veterinary ophthalmologist is required to obtain the corrective lenses.

Brinkmann said that one of the problems he had encountered was that the powerful lenses required in the Doggles were thick and awkward. He added that some owners do not have the patience to work with their dogs to get them accustomed to wearing the glasses.

Most owners won't be able to tell if their dogs are far-sighted or near-sighted unless it's a very severe case, said Brinkmann.

As for the dogs that undergo cataract surgery without receiving a lens implant, these dogs will be able to spot a cat across the street but perhaps not see a bug walking in front of their food dish. These are the cases where Doggles could be most useful, he said, adding that these dogs all have a fairly similar refractive prescription.

Veterinarians are able to determine a dog's prescription by performing a retinoscopy, similar to how a human doctor would determine the prescription of a very small child, said Brinkmann. Although he said all veterinary ophthalmologists are trained to do a retinoscopy, he added that this is not the main focus of most practitioners and this work is most often done in academia.

Dan Brogdon, DVM, Dipl. ACVO, of the Jacksonville Animal Eye Clinic, said that he doesn't anticipate there will be much of a market for corrective lenses for dogs. He said that he had not previously heard about Doggles' offering corrective lenses.

"I just don't think it's practical," he said. He added that although some veterinarians might explore the option of corrective lenses, most are focused largely on eye surgery and disease. Few practitioners refract dogs, he said.

"As far as getting a lens into a Doggle, I'm not saying it wouldn't work, but you need to know the prescription," he said.

Along with the new corrective lenses, Doggles reports it is also offering opaque black lenses for Doggles for pets that are blind or to serve as a patch following surgery.

For more information on its product line, contact the company at (866) DOGGLES.

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I would be very interested in Doggles my dog has just developed blurry vision from renal failure. Looks like he's going to pull through,Huge Yea, but cant see now. I feel so bad for him. Would be very interested to know the cost and where to get
Ken, Rogers, OH
Posted: 4/14/2014 5:31:16 PM
This is very exciting! I have a jack russle that has had eye surgery. The lense fell in one eye causing high pressure resulting in the being removed. The lense in the other eye was ready to fall so they removed the lense. The pressure in that eye has been good. Now he had a deep scratch over the pupil....more surgery. I got him a pair of has been hard keeping them on him! But I will keep working on it. I think the corrective lenses would work well for him if I can keep them on him plus he needs to protect the remaining eye! I will be looking into this further. Thanks for the article.
Jani Ahlvers, Ely, NV
Posted: 7/5/2013 8:03:29 PM
I think it's a great thing to make corrective lenses for dogs. I've worn glasses nearly my whole life and its terrible when I don't have them on. Glad I have the option to wear them or not. My Maltese is getting bad eyes so I'm hoping we can get him some help so he doesn't just have bad sight forever
Beverly, Atoka, TN
Posted: 5/25/2013 6:21:07 PM
My dog has cataracts that are minimizing her sight. When the time comes to have them removed, I definately will be looking for corrective lenses for her!I've researched lens implants, but the success rate is frightful, often coming loose and causing damage to the inner eye. I won't take such chances with my dog!
Marilyn, St. Cloud, MN
Posted: 1/8/2013 8:38:07 AM
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