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Covid 19 Ophthalmology for Animals - May 14, 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!

Entropion

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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.

The cause of entropion may be either primary or secondary. Primary causes are inherited and include excessive eyelid length, skull conformation, anatomy of the orbit, weak eyelid cartilage, or extensive facial folds. Primary entropion is common in certain dog breeds including the Chow Chow, Shar Pei, Bouvier des Flandres, Rottweiler, Labrador, Golden Retriever, Great Dane, St. Bernard, Leonberger, Bloodhound, English Cocker Spaniel, Basset Hound, Pekingese, Shih Tzu, Pug, Toy and Miniature Poodle, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and English Bulldog; and in Persian and Maine Coone cats.

Secondary entropion may be caused by corneal ulcers or other source of severe pain, or loss of eyelid support (e.g. sunken eye, muscle atrophy, etc) and can occur in any breed. Signs of entropion include squinting, tearing, ocular discharge, swelling, and redness. Corneal changes may be present as well, such as ulceration, cloudiness, or pigmentation. Severe cases can affect vision as well. Contact between eyelid hairs and the cornea is painful and leads to more squinting and globe retraction, which makes the entropion worse. This vicious circle often requires surgery before resolution is possible.

Treatment of entropion depends on the cause and the age of the animal. In mild cases without active corneal disease, a lubricating ointment can help protect the cornea. In young animals, tacking sutures or staples are placed to temporarily hold the eyelid everted while the animal grows, usually remaining in place for up to 4-6 weeks. This type of entropion will not often need additional treatment. Temporary tacking is also useful to ease the pain associated with spastic (secondary) entropion in adult dogs. Severe or recurrent entropion should be treated surgically. Surgery involves permanently rolling out the eyelid and/or shortening the eyelid length. Complications following surgery can include recurrence of entropion, corneal ulceration, suture dehiscence, or infection.

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