100th Equine Corneal Transplant Performed at UF

Veterinary ophthalmologists at the University of Florida completed their 100th corneal transplant on a horse Jan. 9.

Courtesy Sarah Carey, UF 

Dr. Frank Olliver, left, an ophthalmology resident, examines corneal tissue before Dr. Dennis Brooks, right, transplants the new cornea into this horse's eye.

"I'm fairly certain that in reaching that number, we have performed more than half of the cases done in the United States," said Kirk Gelatt, VMD, a former dean of the UF veterinary college and professor of ophthalmology.

The horse, Togey, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred/Dutch Warmblood, is recuperating well after a short procedure that Dennis Brooks, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVO, professor of ophthalmology completed in about 45 minutes.

The UF College of Veterinary Medicine began performing corneal transplants in 1998, Gelatt said, adding that horses with a condition known as stromal abscess disease are the most likely recipients, as it is relatively common in large animals (compared to small animals).

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