Equitom has a department of ophthalmology under supervision of Dr. Aurélie Sauvage. She is a specialist ECVO since 2021. Passionate about horses, she will be able to treat and operate on the most delicate eye problems.
Eyes are very sensitive and fragile and they can suffer from serious, disabling, chronic conditions requiring specialized surgical treatments. Any clinical sign of an eye disorder in your horse should be taken seriously, even when symptoms are discreet, for example simply holding the eyelids more closed.
Equitom has all the specialized equipment necessary for the diagnosis of various eye disorders and their therapeutic, medical or surgical management. Additional examinations (tonometry, ocular ultrasound, CTscan of the skull, etc.) will be carried out if necessary.
Corneal microsurgery will be proposed in case of intracorneal foreign bodies, lacerations, infected ulcers, stromal abscesses, or perforating ulcers. A transplant (conjunctival flap, corneoconjunctival flap, corneoconjunctival flap, corneal transplant) will be performed if necessary. Corneal lamellar keratectomies with or without grafts are performed in case of neoplasia, sequestration, or chronic immune keratitis non-responsive to medical treatment.
Intraocular cataract surgery (phacoemulsification) may be performed in carefully selected patients.
The use of cyclosporine implants is indicated in some patients with immune keratitis or idiopathic recurrent equine uveitis. The surgical technique and the type of implant differs according to the diagnosis.
Surgery of the eye's surrounding structures are for example: excision of the 3rd eyelid in case of neoplasia (squamous cell carcinoma), temporary or permanent (partial) tarsorrhaphy in case of facial paralysis or lagophthalmos (overexposure of the globe), blepharoplasties (reconstruction of the eyelids using skin flap grafting in case of neoplasia or traumatic deficit, or reconstruction of laceration), as well as surgery of the nasolacrimal system.
Every eye condition is unique and the proposed treatment will be adapted to the individual patient.
Follow-up consultations are often necessary to closely follow the evolution and adapt the treatments of your horse suffering from an ocular pathology.