Small Animal

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(SA284) Why Do Cats Go Blind?

Thursday, March 8
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
MBCC, Breakers K, Level 2

CE Credits: 1

Due to the popularity of pure-bred dogs, the most common causes of canine blindness are inherited (e.g., cataracts, retinal degeneration and glaucoma). In cats, blindness is most frequently due to acquired diseases. Uveitis and hypertensive retinopathy are common causes of feline blindness, and are often secondary to systemic diseases that are potentially fatal, so proper diagnosis and treatment are crucial.

Ron Ofri

Professor, Veterinary Ophthalmology
Hebrew University

Ron Ofri, DVM, PhD, DECVO, Professor of Veterinary Ophthalmology, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Ron Ofri was a member of the charter class of the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Upon his graduation in 1989 he traveled to the University of Florida, where he spent the next 4 years undergoing clinical training in veterinary ophthalmology and obtaining his Ph.D. During this time Ron developed an interest in the physiology of vision, focusing on retinal electrophysiology and changes in visual function resulting from glaucoma. Upon his graduation Ron returned to Israel and joined the faculty of his alma mater, where he is currently a Professor in veterinary ophthalmology and winner of numerous Teacher of the Year awards. At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ron expanded his research interests to include comparative visual physiology in wildlife species, and to date has published more than 75 refereed papers. Ron is also a very popular international speaker, having been invited to talk in more than 30 countries and 6 continents, lecturing in continuing education seminars, national meetings and world congresses for general practitioners, including BSAVA, SEVC, WSAVA and NAVC. He also lectures frequently in advanced training courses for veterinary ophthalmologists, including lectureship at the Basic Science Course of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (where he has been speaking since 2002) and numerous other forums. Ron is a contributing author to the Gelatt's classic textbook Veterinary Ophthalmology (3rd, 4th and 5th editions) as well as a co-author of the popular textbook Slatter's Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology (4th, 5th and 6th editions). Ron is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ECVO), a former ECVO Executive Board member and in 2002-2005 he served as President of the European Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology.

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