Clinical Activities and Procedures

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The Equine Ophthalmology Service provides advanced diagnostics, as well as routine, complex and emergency medical and surgical care to horses with a variety of ocular disorders, including:

  • Corneal ulcers
  • Corneal and eyelid cancer
  • Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU)
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma

Specialized tests and diagnostics include:

  • Slit lamp biomicroscopy
  • Tonometry (measurement of intraocular pressure)
  • Corneal culture and cytology
  • Electroretinogram or ERG (a specialized test of retinal function)
  • High-frequency ultrasound
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Surgical and microsurgical procedures include:

  • Corneal grafting procedures for deep corneal ulcers
  • Cyclosporine Implants for ERU
  • Cataract surgery
  • Excision and cryotherapy or radiation therapy for tumors of the eye and eyelids

Our service of faculty, residents, and technicians provide a team approach to each patient’s care, and provides 24/7 emergency coverage for equine patients.