Therapy of the eye

Amber Labelle

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The eyelids should be considered similar to skin elsewhere on the body. The vascular nature of the eyelids makes treatment with systemic rather than topical medications ideal. For drugs with high potential for systemic toxicity, local application of an ointment, suspension, or emulsion is an alternative. Efficacious drug concentrations can readily be achieved in the highly vascular conjunctiva via systemic or topical administration. Treating disease of the cornea is one of the most common ocular challenges for the equine practitioner. Topical drug application is most frequently used for treating corneal disease. The orbit may be a site of direct injection, especially local anesthetics for the purposes of surgical anesthesia or postoperative analgesia. Aminoglycosides are best reserved for use when the results of culture and sensitivity testing indicate the presence of susceptible organisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEquine Pharmacology
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781118845110
ISBN (Print)9780813822624
StatePublished - Nov 17 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Aminoglycosides
  • Anesthesia
  • Cornea
  • Equine eye
  • Ocular drugs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Veterinary


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