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Companion Animal Practice
Diagnosis and management of glaucoma
  1. Peter Renwick

    graduated from Cambridge in 1980. He gained the diploma in veterinary ophthalmology in 1992 and is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons specialist in veterinary ophthalmology. He has been a member of the BVA/KC/ISDS eye panel since 1986 and is a partner in a referral practice in Solihull, West Midlands. His special interests include reconstructive eyelid surgery, ocular inflammatory disease, glaucoma and the management of cataract.

Abstract

GLAUCOMA is one of the most common causes of blindness seen in small animal practice. It can be considered to be a complex of pathological events which arises as a result of prolonged elevation of the intraocular pressure. The optic nerve head and retina are particularly sensitive to elevated intraocular pressure and damage to these neural tissues may rapidly become irreversible. In addition, pain is often a significant feature of the condition and can be difficult to control. It is therefore of utmost importance that glaucoma is diagnosed in its early stages and that appropriate therapy is instituted if blindness and unnecessary discomfort are to be avoided.

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