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Covid 19 Ophthalmology for Animals - August 6, 2020

Veterinary care is an essential part of our community and we want to assure you that our hospital is open and will continue to provide services at this time. We also want to work with you and our staff to limit direct contact in order to focus on safety for everyone during this pandemic. Accordingly, we ask that you follow the below steps for the safety of all:

  • Upon arrival at the hospital, please remain in your vehicle and call us.
  • After receipt of the call, we will check you in as soon as possible from outside the hospital.
  • If you are at the hospital to pick up medication, please remain in your car outside the hospital and call the front desk. We will deliver your order to your car as quickly as possible.
  • If you are not feeling well or may be at risk of exposure to coronavirus, please ask a healthy friend or family member to transport your pet to the hospital on your behalf.
  • We will do our best to coordinate your visit from outside the hospital, including providing follow up instructions and taking payments.

Ophthalmology for Animals, Inc., we have various ways to help care for your pets without a trip or call to the hospital.

  1. Home Delivery: medications, including prescriptions and refills, can be ordered by sending us an email or text
  2. Email: your questions, concerns, prescription refills, and pictures. We will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

Our goal is to keep our essential services available to the communities we serve and be there for you and your pets. Thank you for your cooperation and for doing your part in helping to keep pets and people safe, and please don’t hesitate to call with questions.

We anticipate our phone lines will be busier than usual, and therefore, we appreciate your patience!

Corneal Ulceration

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corneal ulcerationThe cornea is the clear outer layer at the front of the eye. A corneal ulcer means the epithelium (surface layer) of the cornea has been disrupted.

It can be caused by exposure due to a large eyelid opening or inability to fully close the eyelids, trauma to the eye, inadequate tear production, or irritation from eyelashes, eyelid hairs, eyelid tumors or a foreign body.

Once the cornea is ulcerated, bacteria and/or fungal organisms can multiply in the wounded area and cause the ulcer to become much worse. If treated properly, minor ulcers often heal without complication. More serious ulcers may cause permanent scarring of the cornea or even progress until the eye ruptures. This is extremely painful and can require removal of the eye.

corneal ulceration2Some signs of a corneal ulcer include pain and squinting, redness, tearing, discharge, and an abnormal appearance such as a change in color (for example, red, blue-white, brown or yellow). Ulcers can worsen very quickly without prompt treatment and become much more serious, especially if infection is present. A careful examination of the eye is indicated to determine the underlying cause of the ulcer.

Deep ulcers are generally treated surgically by placing a graft over the ulcer. The graft may be taken from the conjunctiva (pink tissue lining the whites of the eye) or adjacent cornea of the patient, obtained from a donor, or acellular collagen grafting material for support. The advantages of conjunctiva from the patient’s own eye include providing a blood supply directly to the wound, tectonic support to the weakened cornea, and healing and growth factors provided by the graft. Disadvantages of surgery include scarring and potential graft failure. Graft failure is uncommon and the success rate of surgery is generally greater than 90-95% regardless of the type of graft used.

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