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Ophthalmic Instrumentation

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Specialized instruments are required for delicate ocular surgery. The American Conference of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) asserts that microsurgery of the cornea and intraocular structures should only be performed by or under the supervision of a board-certified ophthalmologist. However, there are surgeries of the ocular adnexa that can be comfortably performed by other qualified veterinarians. This article will describe the minimal instrumentation (an “eye pack”) necessary for a general practitioner to perform these procedures (Table 1). Ophthalmic instruments are typically no larger than a pen or pencil and have been designed…

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