Jul 13, 2015 10:53 AM
Falcon hopes to fly again after 2nd laser-eye surgery
The Associated Press
CONCORD (AP) — A second round of eye surgery means a falcon in New Hampshire that had cataracts might fly again someday.
The Concord Monitor reports that laser surgery to clear cloudiness from Banner's eyes was performed three weeks ago by Dr. Andre d'Hemecourt.
He tells the newspaper that Banner responded immediately when the laser penetrated clouded layers of membrane.
Banner, a 5-year-old lanner falcon, had cataract surgery in September. But there were lingering problems so owners Nancy and Jim Cowan hoped the laser procedure would help. The Cowans run the New Hampshire School of Falconry in Deering.
Dr. George Messenger, a retired veterinarian who performed the first surgery on Banner, contacted d'Hemecourt for the next round.
Nancy Cowan says they may be able to start retraining Banner with a goal of getting her back in the air.