4 Steps for a panic-free approach to ophthalmic emergencies

Speaker: Allyson Groth

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4 Steps for a panic-free approach to ophthalmic emergencies

Weekends, after hours, and public holidays are times in a veterinary hospital when anything can happen, and usually does. Ophthalmic emergencies are some of the most feared emergency presentations, and for good reason. Although rarely life-threatening, ophthalmic emergencies are usually painful, often vision threatening, and many carry the potential for eye loss – an outcome carrying huge emotional weight for owners. With little margin for error, and at a time when specialist backup may not be immediately available, it is vital to develop a systematic approach that considers the whole animal. Using real-life, practical examples, and techniques you can actually apply, this lecture will give you the tools you need to confidently assess, stabilise, and manage ophthalmic emergencies. You will learn a thorough, systematic technique that will save you time, guide you to a diagnosis, direct your client communication and case management, and optimise patient outcomes.


By the end of the lecture you will:

Know the systematic approach to apply to every ophthalmic emergency case

Know the key questions you must answer to reach an accurate diagnosis

Know what to tell owners, because you know the most important prognostic factors for common ophthalmic emergencies

Know how to help and how not to do harm for common ophthalmic emergencies

Know where to find the resources you need to navigate less-common ophthalmic conditions