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Ophthalmic Disease in Veterinary Medicine

2009 Edition, September 25, 2009

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ISBN: 978-1-84076-118-4
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  • Revision: 2009 Edition, September 25, 2009
  • Published Date: September 25, 2009
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 513
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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Preface

This text is not meant as an encyclopedic answer to all veterinary ophthalmology questions, but rather to cover the vast majority of questions which are likely to arise in veterinary practice. The intent is not to make specialists out of all who read this text, but to help the generalists to make better informed decisions regarding their patients. That information may allow the practitioner to handle the problem with more confidence, refer the patient with a better workup in a more timely manner, or may simply allow more accurate client education regarding an ocular condition or treatment.

While a small number of ophthalmologists feel they should see all patients with eye problems, the reality is that the general practitioner can competently manage a variety of ocular conditions if well informed. The difficult part for all of us is to realize when we need additional help. Having worked in a referral institution my entire career, I have come to realize the best referrals come from the best informed general practitioners.

Dogma regarding clinical conditions becomes easily established, often without good scientific validation. At times the busy practitioner may find more information in this book than he/she wanted to know about a subject. I realize that we are all looking for one or two sentence answers to all of our questions, but it is also important 5 to point out deficiencies in our knowledge or point out conflicting views of which the reader may not be aware. It is frightening to realize how little ‘hard data' are avail - able in clinical veterinary medicine. We are reminded of this by our clients who daily ask specific questions which we cannot answer. The latest journal article or the most recent continuing education program does not automatically take precedence over previous data and clinical views.

In addition, I wish to salute those many individuals who over the years have dedicated their careers to basic and clinical ophthalmic research and publication of scholarly work upon whose shoulders this book rests. I hope to have done justice to their endeavors and apologize to any whose work of origination of data and/or theories have inadvertently been omitted.

Lastly, I wish to thank Manson Publishing for having enough faith in the project to pursue it to completion, Jill Northcott for her encouragement to publish it, and Paul Bennett and Ruth Maxwell whose meticulous attention to detail and patience with my response to queries in the copy editing process made the manuscript infinitely better.