Anesthesia and Surgery
The following parameters are monitored under general anesthesia at Animal Eye Care: pulse, heart rate, ECG, temperature, respiration, oxygen level, blood pressure, and carbon dioxide level.
Animal Eye Care is a fully equipped specialty referral hospital. Many different kinds of eye surgeries are performed, including cataract surgery, surgery for corneal ulcers and ocular trauma, eyelid surgeries (blepharoplasties), cryosurgery, and glaucoma surgeries. Our phacoemulsification (cataract surgery) unit, is computerized and allows precise delivery of ultrasonic power, aspiration, and diathermy modalities during cataract surgery. Our operating microscope allows zoom magnification and fine focus of eye structures during surgery. As you can imagine, suture material for the eye is very small—finer than a strand of human hair, and the operating microscope is essential to view both the tiny structures of the eye, and to see the suture being used by the surgeon to sew up a wound or incision. Our operating table can be elevated or lowered, and we use a special warm air circulating heating pad to keep our patients warm during surgery.
For minor surgical procedures which need low levels of magnification, the surgeon will sometimes use a lighted head loupe, which looks like a visor with a headlight on it. It has a rechargeable battery and is very mobile and adaptable to the many types of minor ocular surgeries performed.
It can sometimes be difficult to accurately position the head of the patient for major eye surgeries (the animal’s nose gets in the way), and to help with this problem, we use a vacuum positioner, which is a flat vinyl bag filled with tiny beads. The patient’s head is positioned correctly, with the bag cushioning the head, and then air is evacuated from the bag, causing it to gently hold the head in whatever position we desire.
Our surgical instruments are organized into various surgical packs, depending on the type of surgery performed. There are adnexal packs (for eyelid and orbital operations), and corneal packs (for corneal surgery), and intraocular packs (for glaucoma and foreign body surgeries), and cataract packs.