Many eye problems can be managed by a general practice veterinarian (DVM or VMD). However, if the veterinarian believes that the patient would benefit from the skills and experience of a specialist, the patient may be referred to a veterinary ophthalmologist for additional care. Problems typically referred can include: perceived cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases, severe injuries, and cancer of the eye.
Just as with human medicine, veterinary medical specialists are becoming a valuable resource in treating your pet. Your general practice veterinarian has excellent training in veterinary medicine and acts as a family practice physician to your pet. But just as with human medicine, there are occasions when your veterinarian might want assistance or suggest a referral to a specialist to better meet your pet's needs.
Many eye diseases are time sensitive so prompt consultation or referral is often in your animal's best interest.
SPOTLIGHT: Robert Larocca DACVO
Dr. Larocca received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. and then attended and received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM) from the University of Florida. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Larocca worked in a small animal practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Next he completed a three-year residency in veterinary ophthalmology at Auburn University and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and a board certified ophthalmologist.
Here is a bit of her history which you can share:
Has been on cyclosporine since diagnosed with KCS as a young adult. Unfortunately, she developed corneal squamous carcinoma in her right eye in October 2018, which was officially diagnosed following a superficial keratectomy on 01/07/2019 by Dr Lanuza. She was switched to tracolimus, a similar tear producing medication as cyclosporine. She was also started on Fluorouracil as chemotherapy treatment, both of which include side effects of potential irritation. Both eyes became irritated with tracolimus, which included itchiness, swelling around the eyelids and skin surrounding the eyes. The right cornea was even more irritated with the chemotherapy medication. Dr Lanuza introduced the idea of using this organic product after both Fluorouracil and tacrolimus were discontinued to allow the eyes some rest. After 48 hours of using these drops on both eyes along with optixcare, the itchiness was no longer a symptom. The eyelids and surrounding skin was less inflamed, the corneas had less visible irritation and less flared red vessels. Within 3-4 days, the corneas suddenly looked healthier than they have been in many months and her comfort level has tremendously improved. She has now completed week 2 of these drops.
I do have more pictures of the irritated cornea , some with better lighting under the sun. Unfortunately once it became better I took only a few pictures since I stopped worrying about it as much. All pictures are with cellphone quality , and unfortunately not the best pictures since my dog loves moving her head before the photo snap. I will send you all photos with dates via text, maybe that will offer a bit better quality than uploading via email?
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