VetTips: Ophthalmology

Tip 1:

Pupillary responses to light, the menace reflex, the ‘dazzle’ response and even the ability to respond to a moving object in the visual field do not measure vision. Instead, they evaluate the integrity of certain neuroanatomical pathways. All these can be present yet the patient may still be unable to avoid obstacles or navigate.

Tip 2:

It is vital to the success of surgery to identify the cause of the entropion. Failure to do so will result in poor success rates and even worsening of the condition. Entropion can be either congenital, juvenile or acquired.

Before embarking on surgery ask:

  • Do I understand the cause of this entropion?
  • Have I planned the surgical procedure carefully?
  • Do I have the expertise and instrumentation to perform the procedure?
  • If the answer to any of these questions is no – consider discussing with your local specialist or join our Ophthalmology workshop to learn more.

Tip 3:

It is hoped that removal of an eye is not frequently necessary, but sometimes it is inevitable and we must decide which of the following procedures is best suited for the condition at hand. Most commonly the reason for enucleation is the “blind, painful eye”. Make an effort to recognise when there is pain and take time to explain to owners the usually extensive and irreversible loss of function in the eye and the difficulties in controlling the signs and symptoms, especially pain. Best practice indicates that the surgery is being carried out as an act of kindness for the patient.

Join VetPrac on the 8-9th of February 2018 for the popular Ophthalmology Workshop where you’ll develop skills that will build your surgical confidence. With over 7 hours of practical wet labs this hand-on’s stimulating environment will allow you to walk away with skills that can be immediately applied to general practice. Classes are intimate with unprecedented contact with specialist ophthalmic surgeons Dr. Mark Billson, Dr Martyn King, and Dr. Edith Hampson. Did we also mention the workshops are super fun?

Join us by registering now or read here if you’d like to find out more.