Sunday, December 1, 2013

1233. VIDEO. Educate, Engage & Entertain. The cat with a swollen left eye

Dec 2, 2013
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The cat has a swollen left eye

The cat has a swollen left eye

Educate, Engage, Entertain. Is it possible to do all these 3 in veterinary practice?

A swollen left eye in a domestic shorthair cat.

EDUCATE. A thorough physical examination includes opening the eyelids, using a torchlight to check for foreign bodies and corneal ulcers. The 2nd part of the external eye examination should be the fluorescein eye stain test. This involved the use of fluorescein eye drops to confirm the absence or presence of ulcers as was done in this case (Educate). Green corneal surface indicates corneal injuries or abrasions.

ENGAGE. The two lady owners used their smartphones' torchlight to shine onto the left eye (engage the customer). Explain the fluorescein eye stain test (educate the customer). The vet visit seemed enjoyable for the two ladies when one of the owner's smartphone's torchlight app malfunctioned (entertain the customer). The vet may use his own torchlight app to be efficient and productive, but there would be no "memorable torchlight malfunction" as in this case.

I gave the cat an anti-inflammatory injection and he should recover the next day. E-collars to prevent eye rubbing  are not practical in some cats and is not necessary in this case.

Intern Clara Chua did an excellent videography by closing up the relevant area of examination of the cat in the Toa Payoh Vets' consultation room. This makes the video fun to watch rather than a boring documentary on "how to examine the injured eye of a cat".

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