Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Cornea: debridement

Contributor(s): Dennis E Brooks, Graham Munroe, John Parker

Introduction

  • Corneal debridement is used in the treatment of ulcerative keratitis where undermined or damaged corneal epithelium requires it to be removed before healing can proceed.

Uses

  • Treatment of superficial ulcers of the cornea particularly where they have become chronic or indolent .

Advantages

  • Simple and cheap to perform.
  • No special equipment required.
  • Very effective in right circumstances.

Disadvantages

  • Needs to be undertaken with care after careful assessment of case otherwise could worsen the condition.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Garder J E et al (1998) Clinical apperances, healing patterns, risk factors, and outcomes of horses with fungal keratitis - 53 cases (1978-1996). JAVMA 213 (1), 105-112 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Brooks D E (1999)Equine Ophthalmology.In:Veterinary Ophthalmology.Ed: Gelatt K N. 3rd edn pp 1053-1116.


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