Practical Ophthalmology for RVNs

09:30 - 17:15

Ophthalmic disease is common in our patient population. Early identification can prevent life threatening, vision threatening and globe threatening disease and nurses are well placed to both monitor and identify eye disease. Tim and his team will be discussing 4 essential clinical skills to aid in the early identification and prevention of disease. 

1. Assessing ophthalmic pain: Understand how to identify acute pain using the concept of the triad of ocular pain and how to identify chronic pain. We will also discuss our modified pain scoring system for the hospitalised ophthalmic patients. 

2. Measuring intraocular pressure. A practical demonstration using the Tonopen, the Tonovet and the Schiotz tonometer,  with the opportunity to have a go yourself.

3. Measuring tear production. Tips and tricks to get the most out of this important test.

4. Using your phone as a clinical tool in eye disease. Make sure your phone is charged and switched on as we want to show you how to use your phone as a “21st century pen torch”.

Tim Knott, Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Rowe Referrals Eye Clinic