7th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference
Ocular changes can be overlooked when dealing with systemic diseases. The eye offers a unique opportunity to visually evaluate blood vessels, lymph nodes, and central and peripheral nerves. There are characteristic ophthalmic changes that can aid in establishing a diagnosis, possibly expediating treatment, limiting progression of the illness, and potential damage to the eye and vision. Ocular symptoms can involve the anterior segment, posterior segment, eyelids, conjunctiva and sclera. Examples of classic visible ophthalmic changes and diagnostics that may be useful to a clinician will be discussed.