5th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference

EYE! Oh My! An Overview of Ocular Emergencies in Small Animal Patients

Friday, December 1
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
Location: Royal Palm Ballroom Salon 7


One of the most challenging aspects of veterinary ophthalmology is dealing with emergencies. This includes how to perform emergency procedures, what drugs to have in your hospital for these cases, and how and when to refer to an ophthalmologist. This session will review common emergency management of cases, including melting/deep corneal ulcers, proptosed globes, hyphema, and acute glaucoma. This session will help you understand the long-term prognosis following these emergencies and what information needs to be relayed to owners as therapy is initiated.

Robert Swinger

Veterinary Ophthalmologist
Animal Eye Guys of South Florida

Dr. Robert Swinger completed his undergraduate work and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2003. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida in Cooper City, he went on to complete both an ophthalmology internship and residency at the Animal Eye Specialty Clinics in Miami, Deerfield Beach, and West Palm Beach. Soon thereafter, he joined the VCA Aurora Animal Hospital outside of Chicago and developed a successful ophthalmology service. In 2011, Dr. Swinger launched Animal Eye Guys and currently practices within Premier Veterinary Specialties in both Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, FL. Dr. Swinger is board certified and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
In his work environment, Dr. Swinger enjoys teaching and taking active roles in the hospitals’ internship programs. His special interests include surgical and medical management of glaucoma, cataract surgery, and corneal physiology. Outside of the veterinary arena, Dr. Swinger enjoys spending time with his family and pets; and enjoys fishing, cooking, and traveling.


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