Whether you are here looking for someone to help your pet or you are a veterinarian looking for someone to walk with them through complex cases, I am so excited you are here! I love talking about ophthalmology, reading about ophthalmology and looking at beautiful animal eyes. The best part of being a veterinary ophthalmologist is that I get to see all sorts of animals! Anything that has eyes really :) Maybe someday I will put some cool animal eyes up on the blog and let readers guess who they belong to?!
The blog section of this website will be used to provide tips and tricks to improve ophthalmic examination (including videos when I can!), explain jargon ophthalmologists use, showcase interesting advances in veterinary ophthalmology as well as on occasion discuss interesting cases. So to start us off, let us begin with explaining some jargon.
Have you ever had a report, from an ophthalmologist, that noted PCO (posterior capsular opacities) in one of your patients?
This piece of terminology is best explained with photos.
|This first photo is the right eye (OD) of a post operative cataract surgery patient. Note the intraocular lens within the eye and a generally clear lens capsule.|
|This second photo is the left eye (OS) of a post operative cataract surgery patient with PCO, denoted by the purple arrow.|
PCO are essentially opacities/ crystalline areas present on the posterior capsule of the lens. Some are noted during cataract surgery and some develop over time. As long as they are not extensive, they typically do not affect vision. There you go! Now the next time you see PCO in a report, you will understand what it stands for!Please check out our telemedicine and in person services and share this website with your colleagues and your veterinarian!