Tip 1:

Pupillary responses to light, the menace reflex, the ‘dazzle’ response and even the ability to respond to a moving object in the visual field do not measure vision. Instead, they evaluate the integrity of certain neuroanatomical pathways. All these can be present yet the patient may still be unable to avoid obstacles or navigate.


Tip 2:

It is vital to the success of surgery to identify the cause of the entropion. Failure to do so will result in poor success rates and even worsening of the condition. Entropion can be either congenital, juvenile or acquired.

Before embarking on surgery ask:
Do I understand the cause of this entropion?
Have I planned the surgical procedure carefully?
Do I have the expertise and instrumentation to perform the procedure?

If the answer to any of these questions is no – ask your local specialist or join our Practical Ophthalmology workshop to learn more.


Tip 3:

It is hoped that removal of an eye is not frequently necessary, but sometimes it is inevitable and we must decide which of the following procedures is best suited for the condition at hand. Most commonly the reason for enucleation is the “blind, painful eye”. Make an effort to recognise when there is pain and take time to explain to owners the usually extensive and irreversible loss of function in the eye and the difficulties in controlling the signs and symptoms, especially pain. Best practice indicates that the surgery is being carried out as an act of kindness for the patient.


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Join VetPrac on the 15-16th of February 2020 for the popular Practical Ophthalmology Workshop where you’ll develop skills that will build your surgical confidence. With over 7 hours of practical wet labs this hand-on’s stimulating environment will allow you to walk away with skills that can be immediately applied to general practice. Class size is limited with tutelage by specialist ophthalmic surgeons Dr. Mark Billson, Dr Martyn King, and Dr. Edith Hampson. Did we also mention the workshops are super fun?


This workshop is a wonderful way to help GPs become more confident with procedures that will allow for better standard of care and level of proficiency.
Kate Story – Ophthalmology Workshop (February 2018)


I learned a lot of handy new tips; Refined procedures that I am already doing and enjoyed learning brand new techniques I haven’t done before.
Scott Raleigh – Ophthalmology Workshop (February 2018)


Ophthalmology has been something I’ve avoided as a bit of a black hole. This workshop demystified the entire subject again. Fantastic instructors and excellent practical surgery day. I have gained so much more out of this than I thought.
Sarah – Ophthalmology Workshop (February 2018)


The 2018 workshop filled quickly and there’s is plenty of interest in Practical Ophthalmology 2020. Download the brochure for more information but don’t delay – it will fill quickly. CLICK HERE to Register Now!