Covid 19 Ophthalmology for Animals - March 18, 2020
The Health Officers of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties are requiring people to stay home except for essential needs until April 8. The elderly and those with underlying health conditions MUST STAY HOME. This is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of coronavirus in our community. This is a mandatory order enforceable by a fine or jail.
It is our primary goal to keep your pet healthy. Your health and our health depend on this. In order to keep everyone safe we must enforce some rules.
We are closed for routine and non-essential appointments.
We are open for emergencies, urgent cases and medication refills.
No person should enter the building. We will meet you at your vehicle to bring your pet into the clinic.
Please call us when you are here.
No waiting in reception.
The doctors here at Ophthalmology For Animals have written the articles below as a resource for you concerning your pet's ocular health.
Fiction: My dog is too old for surgery.
Fact: Age is only one factor when evaluating an animal for anesthesia. When making a decision for surgery, one has to weigh risks and benefits of the procedure and anesthesia.
CSK is a progressive, non-painful inflammatory disease of the cornea and conjunctiva. It affects primarily German Shepherds and German Shepherd crosses, but it has also been reported in other breeds (Siberian Husky, Scotch Collie, Greyhound, Labrador Retriever, Border Collie).
The corneal endothelium is a single cell layer that forms a barrier between the aqueous humor and the corneal stroma. The main function of the corneal endothelial cells is to control corneal hydration and nutrition.
Entropion is inversion or ‘rolling in’ of the eyelids, leading to contact between eyelid hairs and the cornea. This contact is irritating and uncomfortable, and causes corneal ulceration, scarring, and pain.
Pigmentary Uveitis (PU) or Pigmentary Cystic Glaucoma (PCG) is a bilateral inherited disease of Golden Retrievers. The pathogenesis of the disease is still not well understood, but there is no underlying systemic illness associated with it.
Anterior lens luxation means the lens is displaced forward into the front compartment (anterior chamber) of the eye. It is a result of breakdown of the fibers (called zonules) that hold the lens in place.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss in dogs and people. Glaucoma is a painful disease in which the pressure inside the eye increases and causes damage to the structures responsible for vision.