The approach to the surgical treatment of feline adnexal, ocular, and orbital diseases varies among clinicians depending on their training as well as their personal experience. Quite often, the surgical approaches and recommendations for the feline eye are similar to those for the canine eye. Nevertheless, there are some diseases as well as anatomic or pathophysiologic differences between the feline and canine eye that are important and must be emphasized. The approaches and techniques presented here are those that are performed most commonly in small animal practice and have worked most successfully for me. Every attempt is made to educate the reader on those surgical procedures that can be performed routinely in the average practice, those that may require more specialized instrumentation, and those that may necessitate referral to a specialist. As with any surgery, appropriate instrumentation is critical. Without the necessary instruments, even a simple ophthalmic surgical procedure is cumbersome. Excellent references regarding microsurgical instrumentation and principles can be found in a previous issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice [
- Grevan V.L.
Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 1997; 27: 963-986
- Nasisse M.P.
Principles of microsurgery.
Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 1997; 27: 987-1010
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