Penguins undergo cataract surgery in Michigan


SOUTHFIELD, Mich., (Dec. 18, 2014) – Dr. Gwen Sila, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist with BluePearl Veterinary Partners, operates on one of the penguins Wednesday. BluePearl Veterinary Partners photo.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., – Two penguins from the Detroit Zoo underwent surgery at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for animals in Southfield, Michigan, on Wednesday.

A 26-year-old macaroni female penguin named Needles and a 30-year-old female rockhopper penguin named Bugs had cataract surgery performed on both of their eyes.

Dr. Gwen Sila, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist with BluePearl, performed the surgeries at the Southfield hospital.

“The benefit of this surgery is that Bugs and Needles will now have a better quality of life as they’ll be able to see much more clearly,” said Sila. “That will be important to help them acclimate to their new surroundings when they are moved to their new exhibit in the future.”

The cataracts were identified during a previous examination performed by BluePearl doctors.


SOUTHFIELD, Mich., (Dec. 18, 2014) – Workers from the Detroit Zoo tend to one of the penguins post operation at BluePearl Veterinary Partners. BluePearl Veterinary Partners photo.

A grant from the zoo paid for the supplies, while Sila and BluePearl donated the time and services.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs 1,800 team members including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.