Monkey see ... better, thanks to artificial lenses

Associated Press

Doctors in Utah have performed eye surgery on Eli, a 10-year-old monkey. He can't follow an eye chart, of course, but Eli's caretakers believe he can see better for the first time in years.

Eli, a howler monkey, lives at Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. Doctors removed cataracts from Eli's eyes and replaced his natural lenses with acrylic ones designed for children.

Within an hour, veterinarian Nicole MacLaren says the monkey was "running around and acting like he can see."

The lenses were donated by Texas-based Alcon Surgical and should last the rest of his life, according to doctors.