Collaborative Care in Ophthalmology: it’s so much more than eyeballs!

Working within a multi-specialty hospital provides a fantastic opportunity for collaborative care, with numerous benefits to the patient, their owners, and our valued referral partners. Over the past five years, the Ophthalmology Services team has strengthened its relationships with a few departments to provide the highest quality collaborative care. Here’s why this is so important. Anesthesia & Pain Management: The most common type of patient with ocular disease is brachycephalic. These patients need individualized anesthetic…

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Using Bandage Contact Lenses for Dogs and Cats

Contact lenses are used increasingly to provide pain management and to promote corneal healing. There are animal specific bandage lenses as well as human bandage lenses on the market. The human bandage lenses can be used in animals. The sizes of the bandage contact lens are as follows: Human bandage contact lenses are typically 14mm Diameter/8.6 Base Curve/0 Power Dog bandage contact lenses range from 15.5 to 22mm Diameter/8.5 to 11.8 Base Curve/0 Power Cat…

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Tear Staining in Dogs: An Ophthalmologist’s Perspective

Our clients often seek advice on how to treat the messy, frustrating problem of tear staining. If you research “tear staining”, you will find numerous different products, ideas, and suggestions that claim to fix or prevent the staining. The fact that there are so many products available means that there is not ONE magic treatment or approach that will work for every dog. The red/brown discoloration in tears comes from porphyrin. Porphyrins are iron containing…

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History of Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation at MedVet

Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation at MedVet In 2006 when we were introduced to endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation (endolaser, ECP).  At the time it was Drs. Dineli Bras, Milt Wyman, and me comprising the MedVet ophthalmology team.  We were all intrigued, excited, and apprehensive all at once about the potential therapy this laser might provide.  There were studies in people and certain MD ophthalmologists well versed in its utility, but how could we transfer it over to our patients? …

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Canine Glaucoma

When I was asked to write about a topic for the upcoming MedVet newsletter, I knew I wanted to write about Glaucoma because it occupies a lot of my time lately (more about that later).  Here I was, contemplating the current state of glaucoma, after a long day of glaucoma cases, sitting at an empty Word document, considering turning in a single page, with 54 font type, “Glaucoma, the story that always ends in blindness. The…

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