Case Studies: Ophthamology

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Furry eyeball …!

This can’t be much fun … having a carpet of fur growing on your eyeball...

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Using a bur to debride corneal ulcerations conscious

It is amazing what you can do to dogs. This dog is sitting quite happily without any sedation, just being gently held by a nurse. Local anaesthetic has been applied to the corneas and Lorna is able to gently debride (tidy up) ulcers on the corneas, the front of the eyeballs using a quiet electric...

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Entropion

Entropion, infolding of the eyelids, leads to hairs rubbing on the surface of the globe and this often leads to ulceration of the cornea. There are different  forms of entropion: Some entropions are related to excessive lid length – also called ectropion or diamond eye. This is common in dogs like Newfoundlands, Great Danes or Mastiffs. Breeds...

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Prolapsed nictitans glands, “Cherry eye”

The nictitans glands produces about a third of the fluids that make up the tear film that keeps the surface of the eyes moist. These glands are located in the third eyelid and they can prolapse to present as “Cherry eye”. This condition can often affect both eyes. Certain breeds like bulldogs and mastiffs commonly...

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Distichiasis

Distichia are lashes which emerge from the glands along the eyelid margins. They can come out of the duct of the gland and/or through the gland itself (ectopic cilla). They can cause irritation and ulceration, especially in those breeds which have coarse coat hairs (bulldogs, Staffies). Distichia are usually treated by electrolysis or cryotherapy. Treatment...

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