Ophthalmological Emergencies

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About the course

Ophthalmic emergencies include those conditions that cause acute and severe ocular pain and which, unless recognised, can lead to permanent damage to the eye. Other types of ophthalmic emergencies, such as retinal detachment, may not be painful but will cause irreversible blindness unless treated promptly. Time is of the essence- the photoreceptors of the retina begin to degenerate within 24 hours of detachment, and a raised intraocular pressure of more than 4 hours may lead to permanent optic nerve damage. And since the retina and optic nerve have no effective repair or regenerative capabilities, any damage is permanent.

This day is directed at the general practitioner and will include ‘Turning Point’ interactive sessions to present a case-based approach to ophthalmic emergencies, ranging from the treatment of traumatic injuries, deep or infected corneal ulcers, glaucoma and uveitis, to sudden onset blindness.  

9.30 – 11:00 
Session 1: Traumatic ophthalmic emergencies 
11:00 – 11.30 
Tea/ coffee
11.30 – 13:00
Session 2: The red and cloudy eye: case presentations and work-up
13:00 – 14:00  
14:00 – 15:15    
Session 3: Corneal ulcers: when are they an emergency?
15.15 – 15:45  
15:45 – 17:00 
Session 4: Sudden onset blindness case presentations

Please note that car parking is limited at the Radisson Blu Stansted, and is subject to availability.  We are unable to reserve spaces.  If the hotel car park is full, guests will be redirected to either the Green/Blue/Red or Orange car parks where the displayed prices will apply.  Car parks are around a three minute walk from the hotel.  If parked in the hotel car park, guests will need to provide their car registration to the hotel reception.  Failure to provide this will result in a penalty of £100.  

Car parking is subject to charges as follows in the hotel car park only when registration details have been provided to the hotel reception:

Day guests: £5 per car, per day
Overnight guests: £10 per car, per night

David Gould BSc(Hons) BVM&S PhD MRCVS DVOphthal DipECVO 
RCVS & European Veterinary Specialist in Ophthalmology Director 
Jim Carter BVetMed DVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS 
RCVS & European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology
This course is intended for Veterinary Surgeons

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