Issues with eyelids
Diseases affecting the eyelids are frequently encountered in small animal practice, affecting both dogs and cats. We will briefly consider the anatomy and function of the eyelids before looking in more detail at medical and surgical conditions. With the former it is important to remember that eyelid disease can sometimes be part of a generalised condition – such as atopy, or can be secondary to another eye disease – blepharitis as an extension from a bacterial conjunctivitis for example. Conditions such as entropion and ectropion might require surgical correction and we will see examples of these with tips for how to achieve the best outcome for the patient – the aim is always to restore normal function with minimal scarring. A correct diagnosis and meticulous attention to detail is required to attain this. Other common conditions such as eyelid tumours and distichiasis will be mentioned, and we will finish up with a few complications - and how to avoid them!
Recording from 11 June 2020
Sally M Turner MA VetMB DVOphthal MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Sally Turner qualified from the University of Cambridge in 1991. She spent 2 years in small animal practice before taking up a Residency in Comparative Ophthalmology as GDBA Fellow at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket. She gained her Certificate in Ophthalmology in 1994 and then the Diploma in 1997. She is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology and currently works in London in private referral practice. In addition to providing a full ophthalmology referral service for client’s pets she is also a member of the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Testing Panel which provides a screening service for inherited ocular disease in dogs prior to breeding. She has been on the RCVS Ophthalmology Board and has acted as an RCVS Examiner for both Certificate and Diploma examinations as well as examiner for the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) and for the BSAVA modular Certificate in Ophthalmology. Sally regularly lectures to veterinary surgeons and nurses, both in the UK and abroad. She is the author of two books on veterinary ophthalmology. She is interested in all aspects of clinical ophthalmology, especially surgical conditions and inherited ophthalmic disease.