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Acrylic resin intraocular prosthesis in dogs and cats

Eleven animals (eight dogs and three cats), aged between two months and ten years were referred to the Veterinary Hospital of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science - Unesp, Botucatu, Brazil. These animals presented severe unilateral ophthalmic changes that lead to a total loss of ocular function, such as prolapsed eyes with nervous and structural injury, corneal damage with loss of intraocular contents or endophthalmitis among others. They were submitted to evisceration followed by the insertion of an acrylic resin prosthesis (methylmethacrylate) in the corneoscleral or scleral shell. The spheres were previously made and sterilized by autoclave. The postoperative medical therapy included topical and systemic broad-spectrum antibiotics for seven days and anti-inflammatory drugs. The follow-up time varied from two months to three years. The evaluated aspects were: ocular secretion, signs of discomfort, blepharospasm and cosmetic effect. Results turned out to be satisfactory in eight animals. It was concluded that acrylic resin could be an alternative prosthesis for intraocular implant.

Dog; cat; eye; prosthesis; acrylic resin

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