Ophthalmology – a refresher in common conditions and drugs

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About the course

This course will cover common occular conditions for the companion animal general practitioner, with an emphasis of ‘what drug when’.  Most ophthalmic medications are not licensed for dogs and cats, but there have nevertheless been some changing trends over recent years.  

The lectures will be short and varied, concentrating on what drugs to use for common conditions. The conditions will be summarised in terms of their key clinical signs and current diagnostic tests e.g. laboratory testing for conjunctivitis in cats and how to assess intraocular pressure in uveitis and glaucoma. 

The following topics will be included:

  • antibiotics for common eye problems (conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers) 
  • conjunctivitis (differences between dogs and cats)
  • corneal ulcers (non-healing, superficial, deep, ‘melting’)
  • dry eye (refresher on cyclosporine, a newer option and the vast range of lubricants simplified)
  • feline herpesvirus-1 (an update on antiviral therapy options)
  • glaucoma (favoured drugs for acute emergency glaucoma [dog], and chronic glaucoma in the dog and cat)

The five key things delegates will learn from this course are: 

  • Appropriate medical management for conjunctivitis in dogs and cats 
  • Appropriate antibiotics for different types of corneal ulcers in dogs and cats 
  • Anti-viral options for feline herpesvirus-1 infection
  • How to treat dry eye in the dog 
  • Key drugs for glaucoma and uveitis

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