Re: Question about a Magpie

Subject: Re: Question about a Magpie
From: Pat Macwhirter <>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 1998 21:08:43 +1000

"Phaco" means lens. Essentially you shatter the opaque lens with an
ultrasonic probe, irrigate the fragments and remove them with suction. The
animal is left without a lens so they will not be able to focus as well as
normal animals but they are able to see, provided the retina is functional.
No good for a falcon chasing mice but pet dogs that don't need to read the
newspaper do just fine.  People wear glasses. A magpie being fed in the
garden might do okay.


>Hi Pat,
>Could you please explain what is meant by ultrasonic phacoemulsification?
>Thanks in advance,
>Dr Stephen Ambrose
>Research Manager
>Birds Australia (Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union)
>Australian Bird Research Centre
>415 Riversdale Road,
>Hawthorn East,
>VIC   3123.
>Tel:    +61 3 9882 2622
>Fax:    +61 3 9882 2677
>Email:  S.Ambrose <>  (at work)
>             <>   (at home)

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