The couple, desperate for Gremlin to see better, turned to Dr. Petra Lackner, the veterinary ophthalmologist who treated Gremlin after the failed cataract surgery.
“I had been wondering what to do for Gremmy for a while,” Lackner tells the Dodo. She felt there were too many risks associated with permanently attaching the artificial lens to Gremlin’s cornea because her eye had become unstable.
Although she knew of contact lenses specially made for dogs, at $200 a lens, these lenses were cost-prohibitive to a family who already stretches their budget taking care of their special needs dogs. Seeking an alternative solution, she went to a popular website for ordering human contact lenses, submitted a prescription for a high-powered contact lens, and waited for it to arrive. “Not very scientific,” she laughs.