Calendar: McKnight Vision Research Seminars
“Selected Topics in Comparative and Translational Ophthalmology”
Veterinary ophthalmology owes a lot to human ophthalmology. However, experimental ophthalmology and clinical trials also could benefit from the cumulative knowledge gathered by veterinary ophthalmologists treating companion, exotic and wild animals over the years. In my view this reverse pathway is less acknowledged and still somewhat underused scientifically. Naturally-occurring animal diseases that are analogs of eye diseases that occur in humans might provide an interesting opportunity to investigate new therapeutics, surgical interventions and devices. The lecture with Dr. Montiani-Ferreira, a veterinary ophthalmologist involved in the diagnosis and investigation of eye diseases in wild, exotic and companion animals in Brazil will outline: historical examples of translational ophthalmology, recent clinical and morphological discoveries in wild animal ophthalmology and comparative aspects of several naturally occurring diseases in different species of animals. You will see that despite some peculiarities and a vast array of different shapes, colors and functions that the animal eyes possess, there are still many more similarities than differences, in sickness and health.