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Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist Develops Image-Rich Resource to Help Clinicians Diagnose and Treat Ocular Conditions in Dogs and Cats

TUSTIN, Calif. (July 6, 2016) – Being able to quickly and correctly diagnose and treat ophthalmic disease is vital to a patient’s health, but can sometimes be challenging for even the most experienced veterinary professionals due to the complexity of the eye and the conditions that affect it. It’s this quandary that led Douglas W. Esson, BVSc, MRCVS, DVM, DACVO, and clinical director at Eye Care for Animals (ECFA) in Tustin, Calif., to develop what he describes as a simplified, yet comprehensive overview of small animal ophthalmology for general practitioners.

“The field of veterinary ophthalmology and the detailed texts and peer-reviewed ophthalmic literature represent a sometimes challenging and potentially confusing arena,” said Dr. Esson. “As a result, I have sought to provide a more ‘clinician-friendly’ resource that can be used in a busy general practice, an environment where spending hours reading about a recently presented ophthalmic case is not a practical option.”

Published by Wiley-Blackwell and available on Amazon, “Clinical Atlas of Canine and Feline Ophthalmic Disease” provides an image-rich resource for diagnosing and treating ophthalmic conditions in clinical practice. The book contains more than 600 high-quality color photographs depicting commonly encountered ocular conditions in dogs and cats, most of which were taken at the ECFA practice in Tustin. Dr. Esson said the book was carefully designed for ease of use in the busy clinical setting.

“Images are intentionally presented in the same way as cases would be encountered in practice, allowing veterinarians to quickly find and compare photographs as they see patients,” he added.

The atlas offers multiple images of each disease to show the varying clinical presentations of ophthalmic conditions in small animals. The photographs are accompanied by a concise, clinically relevant summary detailing the diagnosis and treatment of each condition, along with a list of selected references for further reading. The layout is organized for easy reference, with conditions grouped anatomically.

About Dr. Esson
Dr. Esson, BVSc, MRCVS, DVM, DACVO, is a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist and clinical director at Eye Care for Animals in Tustin, Calif., a consultant ophthalmologist with the Comparative Ophthalmic Research Laboratories (CORL) of Wisconsin and New World Medical (California), as well as a member of the University of Florida’s Center for Vision Research and an associate member of the American Glaucoma Society (AGS). His interests include glaucoma, high-risk cataract surgery, ophthalmic lasers and clinical research.

Dr. Esson’s volunteer work and work with wildlife has earned national accolades. His research and scientific manuscripts have been published in peer-reviewed journals including Veterinary Ophthalmology; the Journal of Glaucoma, Science and Investigative Ophthalmology; Visual Science; and the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. Dr. Esson has also presented his research and clinical studies at annual meetings of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO), World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress (WSAVA), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

About Eye Care for Animals – Tustin, CA
The Tustin, Calif. practice of Eye Care for Animals is one of 54 practices in 16 states dedicated to providing the finest in veterinary ophthalmology services. Their staff of board certified ophthalmologists and clinical specialists provide the highest level of care, education and understanding to their clients, their pets and referring veterinarians. Not only is Eye Care for Animals the largest veterinary ophthalmology group in the country, the company also provides the largest non-university based residency program in the world. For more information, please visit www.eyecareforanimals.com.

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