The latest research in equine ophthalmology is now much easier to view, thanks to joint online publication of a special issue of 22 papers.

Clinical equine ophthalmology: the current state of the art brings together papers on some of the most significant advances in equine clinical ophthalmology into a single issue to make them more readily available to a wider audience.

The issue contains information of direct relevance to all sectors of the veterinary profession from general practitioners and specialists to researchers, surgeons and students, covering common diseases, surgical procedures and outcomes.

The 22 papers are from Equine Veterinary Journal, Equine Veterinary Education and Veterinary Ophthalmology, all available at Wiley Online Library.

The new publication was devised and compiled by a panel of guest editors comprising Mary Lassaline, a member of Veterinary Ophthalmology’s editorial board and veterinary ophthalmologist in the department of surgical and radiological sciences at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in California; David Wilkie, editor of Veterinary Ophthalmology and professor at veterinary clinical sciences comparative ophthalmology at Ohio State University; Tim Mair, editor of Equine Veterinary Education, based at Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic, Kent; and Celia Marr, editor of Equine Veterinary Journal, based at Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons in Newmarket.

Dr Lassaline said: “The goal was to provide broad access to the most current information applicable to every stratum of the equine veterinary profession.

“Subsequently, a salient feature is many of the papers included are collaborations between veterinary ophthalmologists with a special interest in horses, equine practitioners with a special interest in ophthalmology, private practitioners and those in academia, and academicians from different institutions.”

Subjects covered include seven papers on new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of ulcerative and non-ulcerative keratitis in the horse. There are three articles on novel approaches to corneal surgery and a further three on corneal neoplasia.

Six papers provide valuable data regarding long-term outcomes following surgical intervention for equine recurrent uveitis (ERU), glaucoma, and cataracts. Finally, three articles present new information regarding retinal and orbital disease.

Prof Marr said the key purpose of her journal was to disseminate information to help the enhancement of specialist knowledge at every level of the veterinary profession.

“By collating the most important and up-to-date ophthalmology research into one easy resource the new special issue does exactly that,” she said.

The ophthalmology special issue is available free online at http://bit.ly/1bi0RG0

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