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Essentials of Veterinary Ophthalmology, 3rd Edition

Essentials of Veterinary Ophthalmology, 3rd Edition

Kirk N. Gelatt

ISBN: 978-1-118-91033-7 August 2014 Wiley-Blackwell 720 Pages

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Essentials of Veterinary Ophthalmology, Third Edition offers an updated introduction to the diagnosis and clinical management of ocular conditions in veterinary patients, providing trusted information in a user-friendly format.  The content of the book is distilled from the fifth edition of the gold-standard reference Veterinary Ophthalmology, emphasizing the information most relevant to veterinary students and general practitioners.  Fully updated throughout, the Third Edition focuses more strongly on small animals and horses, with streamlined coverage of other species, and new chapters have been added on morphology, physiology, and pharmacology.

Carefully designed to be equally useful for learning and in practice, the book offers a streamlined, practical approach, with bolded terms to enhance comprehension.  High-quality color photographs provide visual depictions of the conditions discussed.  Essentials of Veterinary Ophthalmology, Third Edition is an indispensable resource for veterinary students or clinicians wishing to hone their ophthalmology knowledge and skills.

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Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

About the companion website xiii

Section 1 Basics for Clinical Veterinary Ophthalmology

Chapter 1 Development of the Eye 3

Chapter 2 Ophthalmic Structures 12

Chapter 3 Physiology of the Eye 40

Chapter 4 Optics and Physiology of Vision 55

Chapter 5 Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics 66

Drug Delivery and Pharmacokinetics 66

Antimicrobial Agents 74

Anti-infl ammatory and Immunosuppressant Drugs 84

Mydriatics/Cycloplegics, Anesthetics, and Tear Substitutes and Stimulators 87

Drugs That Affect Aqueous Humor Dynamics and Intraocular Pressure 91

Section 2 Ophthalmic Examination and Imaging

Chapter 6 Eye Examination and Diagnostics 103

General (Basic and Advanced) Ocular Examination 104

Ophthalmic Diagnostic Procedures 110

Ocular Imaging: Basic and Advanced

Diagnostics 130

Ophthalmic Imaging by Ultrasonography 135

Electrodiagnostic Evaluation of Vision 140

Section 3 Canine Ophthalmology

Chapter 7 Canine Orbit: Diseases and Surgery 147

Chapter 8 Canine Eyelids: Diseases and Surgery 163

Chapter 9 Canine Nasolacrimal Duct and Lacrimal Secretory Systems: Diseases and Surgery 186

Nasolacrimal Duct System 186

Lacrimal Secretory System 192

Chapter 10 Canine Conjunctiva: Diseases and Surgery 200

Conjunctiva 200

Nictitating Membrane 210

Chapter 11 Canine Cornea: Diseases and Surgery 216

Cornea 216

Scleral Diseases 247

Chapter 12 Canine Glaucomas 249

Chapter 13 Canine Anterior Uvea: Diseases and Surgery 276

Chapter 14 Canine Lens: Cataract, Luxation, and Surgery 301

Chapter 15 Canine Posterior Segment: Diseases and Surgery 324

Diseases of the Vitreous 324

Diseases of the Canine Ocular Fundus 331

Surgery of the Canine Posterior Segment 360

Diseases of the Canine Optic Nerve 368

Section 4 Special Species

Chapter 16 Feline Ophthalmology 379

Chapter 17 Equine Ophthalmology 418

Chapter 18 Food Animal Ophthalmology 449

Cattle 449

Sheep and Goats 472

Pigs 481

Chapter 19 Exotic Animals: Ophthalmic Diseases and Surgery 485

Camelids 485

Laboratory Animals 490

Rabbits 499

Exotic Animals 506

Section 5 Ophthalmic and Systemic Diseases

Chapter 20 Comparative Neuro-Ophthalmology 529

Chapter 21 Systemic Disease and the Eye 545

Dogs 545

Cats 577

Horses 596

Food Animals 608

Appendix A Adrenergics in Veterinary Ophthalmology 615

Appendix B Artifi cial Tear Substitutes for Veterinary Ophthalmology 616

Appendix C Topical and Local/Injectable Anesthetics for Veterinary Ophthalmology 618

Appendix D Topical and Subconjunctival Antibiotics for Veterinary Ophthalmology 619

Appendix E Antiviral Drugs for Veterinary Ophthalmology (To Treat FHV-1 Ocular Infections) 621

Appendix F Antifungals for Veterinary Ophthalmology 622

Appendix G Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors (CAIs) for the Dog and Cat 624

Appendix H Corticosteroids in Veterinary Ophthalmology 625

Appendix I Nonsteroidal Anti-infl amatory Drugs (NSAIDS) in Veterinary Ophthalmology 626

Appendix J Hyperosmotics for Veterinary Ophthalmology 627

Appendix K Miotics in the Dog and Cat 628

Appendix L Mydriatics or Pupil-Dilating Agents for the Dog 629

Appendix M Mydriatics or Pupil-Dilating Agents for the Cat 630

Appendix N Mydriatics or Pupil-Dilating Agents for the Horse 631

Appendix O Mydriatics or Pupil-Dilating Agents for the Cow 632

Appendix P Available Pupil Dilating Agents for Selected Birds 633

Appendix Q Topical Prostaglandins for the Dog 634

Appendix R Other Drugs for Veterinary Ophthalmology 635

Appendix S DNA Tests for Feline and Canine Eye Diseases 636

Appendix T Inherited Eye Diseases in the Dog 639

Appendix U Inherited Eye Diseases in the Cat 642

Appendix V Inherited Eye Diseases in the Horse 643

Appendix W Inherited Eye Diseases in Food Animals 644

Appendix X Lysosomal Storage Diseases in the Dog, Cat, and Food Animals 645

Glossary 646

Index 651

“Photos, drawings, tables and decision trees help the reader to make the right decision throughout, from examination to medication.  All you need in your daily practice.”  (Vet Nurses Today, 1 October 2015)

“In short, this book is a valuable resource for veterinary students and practitioners who would like a good general ophthalmology textbook and prefer to avoid the high price tag associated with the fifth edition of Veterinary Ophthalmology.”  (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 15 March 2015)


Essentials of Veterinary Ophthalmology website  features figures from the book in PowerPoint and review questions and answers.

·         * Offers a current, thorough introduction to diagnosing and managing ophthalmic conditions in animals

·         * Supplies trusted content from the classic definitive reference Veterinary Ophthalmology in a condensed, easy-to-use format

·         * Focuses on small animal and equine ophthalmology, with additional information on other species

·         * Presents 450 high-quality color photographs to demonstrate conditions

·         * Provides new chapters on morphology, physiology, and pharmacology

·         * Includes a companion website offering review questions and the figures from the book in PowerPoint at