After launching our monthly Ophthalmology Clinic with Claudia Hartley in January, we have seen many horses with a variety of eye problems.
Claudia is an RCVS and European specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology and carries out a day clinic once a month at Rossdales Equine Hospital, seeing referral cases for consultation and surgery. The addition of Claudia to our consultancy team has further strengthened our ophthalmology referral service, which already includes scheduled appointments and emergency admissions for expert eye examinations, treatment and surgery by our veterinary specialists for a wide range of ocular conditions. The next clinic with Claudia is on Friday, 17th August.
To make it easier to schedule appointments and referrals, we are now sending out a monthly email reminder to veterinary practices, which will include the date of the forthcoming Ophthalmology Clinic, along with details of an interesting case from the previous clinic. If you would like to be added to this monthly email update, please email email@example.com and request to be added to the email circulation list.
Interesting Case of the Month
At last month's clinic, Claudia saw two horses with Eosinophilic Keratitis (EK). EK is an immune-mediated condition of the cornea, in which eosinophils accumulate within the superficial stroma. It is often associated with corneal ulceration. The classic EK lesions include superficial perilimbal corneal ulcers in the dorsolateral or ventromedial cornea. The lesions often have a yellow, plaque like appearance. Cytology is important for diagnosis and the presence of eosinophils is diagnostic.Treatment with topical steroids can be effective but in many horses a quicker resolution of disease occurs with superficial keratectomy to remove the affected tissue.
The two horses seen by Claudia last month were broodmares and both had classic lesions in the ventromedial cornea (see image). A superficial keratectomy was performed under standing sedation in both cases. They have been receiving post-operative treatment at home with topical antimicrobials and oral NSAIDs. Both mares are comfortable and their lesions are healing well.
To refer a case, either for one of Claudia’s clinics or to book an appointment with any of our veterinary specialists, please contact 01638 577754, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For emergency referrals, please call us on 01638 577754, or 01638 663150 (24 hours).
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