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Eye: drug administration - overview

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Introduction

  • The main objective of any drug treatment regimen is to maintain a therapeutic drug tissue level to achieve a desired pharmacologic effect.
  • To achieve this in the horse can be a challenge, particularly when the patient is uncooperative or large, but also because of severe ocular pain and the frequency of application which is required.
  • It is also important to avoid further ocular damage during administration of drugs and also injury to people and patient.
  • Following a diagnosis and the choice of an appropriate drug, the optimal route of administration, means of delivery, and type of drug vehicle must be determined.
  • The choice of an administration route depends on drug properties, required drug levels, desired target tissue and anticipated frequency of treatment.

Topical therapy

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Brooks D E (1999) Equine Ophthalmology. In: Veterinary Ophthalmology.Ed: Gelatt K N. 3rd edn.

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