Veterinary Ophthalmologist and Dermatologist tested Therapies for Pets
Just a few days after Vizoovet
" Snickers" has Blepharitis
"Snickers" 26 hours after starting Vizoovet
5 days after stopping Tacrolimus and starting Vizoovet - To find out more click below:
See the rest of this case of a Bulldog named "California" that has been treated for KCS for 10 years. Then, her Ophthalmologist Dr. Rick Lanuza gaveJesus her owner a sample of Vizoovet. The difference in the two pictures is 5 days on Vizoovet and tacrolimus was stopped. 5 days !
A. The tear film is the liquid coating of the cornea or clear anatomical structure of the eye. As the cornea is an avascular structure with no direct blood supply, it requires the tear film for lubrication and nutrition which are crucial to eye health. If there is an abnormal tear film or a decrease in its three components, ocular surface disease occurs.
B. The tear film is composed of three integrated layers that work closely together. A disruption in one or more of these layers, greatly affects the quality of the others.
1. Lipid layer - thin oily outer layer secreted by the Meibomian glands at the margin of the eyelids. This layer prevents evaporation of the middle aqueous layer.
2. Aqueous layer - thicker middle layer secreted by the orbital and third eyelid
lacrimal (tear) glands. This layer provides the necessary nutrients and oxygen needed for a health cornea.
3. Mucin (mucous) layer - thin inner layer secreted by the goblet cells of the conjunctival tissues. This layer provides a smooth ocular surface (for improved vision) and attracts the aqueous layer to the eye surface.
2. What are some clinical signs of tear film disease/dysfunction in dogs and cats:
1. Squinting (increased blinking frequency or holding the eye closed) 2. Rubbing of the eye or face
3. Epiphora (tearing)
4. Thickened and sometimes colored ocular discharge
5. Red eye (irritation and redness of the conjunctival tissues)
6. Corneal scarring (fibrosis or pigmentation)
7. Corneal erosion or ulceration (a wound of the corneal surface) 8. Decreased vision
3. What are some clinical conditions or eye diseases that can adversely affect the tear film?
A. Eyelid inflammation - allergies, self-trauma (rubbing), infections, tumors.
B. Eyelid surgery - cryotherapy, mass/tumor removal.
C. Corneal inflammation - dry eye, breed-related exposure, immune-mediated
D. Corneal surgery - corneal grafting surgeries.
E. Cataract surgery
F. Conjunctival inflammation - infections (feline - herpesvirus, mycoplasma,
chlamydia), Pannus, dry eye.
G. Conjunctival surgery - mass removals, biopsies, conjunctival grafting.
4. How can Vizoovet help my pet?
If your pet has been diagnosed and suffers from an abnormal tear film, Vizoovet may be able to help! This product normalizes the bodies natural tear film improving the overall health of the ocular surface and may minimize the clinical symptoms of disease. Please consult your veterinarian or veterinary ophthalmologist and ask if Vizoovet is a good choice for your pet.
Conjunctivitis and dry eye are the most common eye diseases that veterinary ophthalmologists see in their clinic.
Three important changes Ophthalmologists always talk about when treating KCS Vizoovet has been proven effective in all 3
. 1 Increase tear flow.
2. Normalize the osmolarity which takes the pain away and the most common comment from clients is how it made their pet much more comfortable.
3 Increases tear film breakup time.
This is extremely important because the anterior segment has no blood supply and all the oxygen, exchange of gasses and removal of waste comes from tears. The longer the tear film stays on the eye the more these exchanges and absorptions occur.
Vizoovet - No side effects, no drug interactions, no stinging.
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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