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Juvenile Sea Turtles Returned To Keys-Based Turtle Hospital After Surgery In Miami

Dr. Lorraine Karpinski, left, a veterinary ophthalmologist, begins a surgical procedure to remove Fibropapilloma tumors from the eyes of a green sea turtle Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Miami. The turtle is one of four that Karpinksi operated on who are convalescing at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital. Assisting Karpinksi are Turtle Hospital staff members Matt Brochhausen, center, and Bette Zirkelbach, right. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)
Dr. Lorraine Karpinski, left, a veterinary ophthalmologist, begins a surgical procedure to remove Fibropapilloma tumors from the eyes of a green sea turtle Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Miami. The turtle is one of four that Karpinksi operated on who are convalescing at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital. Assisting Karpinksi are Turtle Hospital staff members Matt Brochhausen, center, and Bette Zirkelbach, right. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

For EyesOnNews.com – ¬†MARATHON — Four juvenile green sea turtles have returned to the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital after a veterinary ophthalmologist in Miami removed tumors from their eyes.

Dr. Lorraine Karpinski of Pinecrest Veterinary Hospital operated on the turtles Thursday. She is pioneering techniques to treat turtles’ eyes afflicted with Fibropapilloma, a herpes-like virus affecting sea turtles around the world.

Karpinski, who also treats animals at Miami’s MetroZoo, has also prescribed a human anti-cancer medication compounded into eye drops that is being applied to turtles’ eyes to prevent re-growth of tumors.

A fifth turtle named “Hook,” who has received the drug for the past month, was examined by Karpinski, who said the medication seems to be working. If “Hook” can remain Fibropapilloma-free for a year, he can be released back to the wild.

If left untreated, the Fibropapilloma tumors will eventually grow and blind the turtle. Turtles without vision cannot be freed because they have little chance to survive, said hospital director Bette Zirkelbach.

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