Corneal disease is a common health issue with our dogs and cats today. A non-healing corneal ulcer
called "Indolent Ulcer" is a painful eye condition. These patients present to our hospital squinting
(pain response) and tearing. We apply a special stain called fluorescein stain to help us visualize
the size of the corneal ulcer. Two-thirds of the corneal ulcers will heal quickly with routine
topical medications. The other third may require multiple veterinary visits and a surgical procedure.
Most veterinarians, myself included, have been performing a surgical procedure under general anesthesia
on those stubborn indolent ulcers called a grid keratectomy. This procedure has helped heal most
indolent ulcers, though not all. Those few patients that are not helped by this procedure are then
referred to an ophthalmologist who will perform what is called a "Diamond Burr Keratectomy."
The ophthalmologist performs this procedure on most pets while they are awake. The good news
is that Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital has purchased a "Diamond Burr." This means two
things will change for our patients with corneal ulcers:
1. We will no longer need to refer patients’ downstate for this routine procedure.
2. We will no longer need to put most of these patients under general anesthesia.
It's a win-win for the pet and client!
Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about corneal disease or if you have any questions regarding this new service we are offering.
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