B. Keith Collins, DVM, MS, DACVO
Educate veterinary clients on what signs to watch for and some dangers to avoid as they try to prevent or get in to see you faster for possible ulcers, conjunctivitis, glaucoma and more in pets.
Do you hesitate to prescribe antivirals? Or fail to check both eyes? Make sure you arent overlooking these common eye care oversights.
The normal cornea is clear, and any alteration in clarity signifies pathology. Possible pathologic changes include corneal vessels, edema, pigment, lipid or calcium deposits, inflammatory cell infiltrates, destruction from degradative enzymes, and scarring. Such changes are usually non-specific and incited by numerous causes.
Ocular disease due to feline herpesvirus (FHV) is common. It is estimated that 80% of cats are latently infected with the virus, and approximately 40% of these cats will suffer recrudescent infection in later life. These estimates are based on data that is several decades old, and the actual percentages may be higher.
Abnormalities of the lacrimal system are common and generally divided into those that affect the secretory system (e.g., dry eye) or the excretory system (e.g., blocked tear duct).