The Problem: infectious keratitis and corneal ulcers
Corneal infections in veterinary medicine: a serious problem
Infectious keratitis is an inflammatory process of the cornea. Keratitis is generally caused by infections and, if not treated, can compromise the corneal transparency, which is essential for the normal vision of our faithful pet friends, and may lead to serious complications, such as corneal ulcer.
Corneal ulcer is a serious lesion with loss of corneal substance and represents an ophthalmic emergency in veterinary medicine.
Currently available therapies, such as antimicrobial eye drops, do not guarantee resolution of the disease and our pets often lose their sight.
Infectious keratitis and corneal ulcer are common diseases in dogs, cats and horses. Iif not promptly and effectively treated, they can cause vision loss.
The causes are bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
Current therapy consists of frequent and long-term administration of antibiotic and/or antiviral and/or antifungal eye drops. Efficacy of topical therapy varies greatly in relation to the initial clinical presentation, the individual response, the frequency of visits and primarily the antibiotic resistance of the microorganism(s) that infect the cornea.1
Antibiotic resistance is a constantly growing phenomenon.
The use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine is opening serious ethical conflicts.
There is huge recommendation to use alternative therapies to antibiotics that are even more effective and do not increase the phenomenon of resistance.2-4
- Barbasso E, Peruccio C. Veterinaria 1998; 12: 115-121.
- Ministero della Salute, http://www.salute.gov.it/imgs/C_17_opuscoliPoster_234_allegato.pdf
- Littmann J, Buyx A, Cars O. Antibiotic resistance: An ethical challenge. Int J Antimicrob Agents 2015; 46(4):359-361.
- Shryock TR, Richwine A. The interface between veterinary and human antibiotic use. Ann N Y Acad Sci 2010; 1213: 92-105.
Our solution: VET-CXL®
Corneal phototherapy with Vetuvir™, known as VET-CXL™, has been shown to be safe and effective for the treatment of infectious keratitis and corneal ulcers in dogs, cats and horses. It can represent a valid option to accelerate the healing of the corneal lesion and the clinical resolution of these serious infectious diseases.
Laboratory studies and clinical studies on VET-CXL™ with Vetuvir™ have shown a significant effect in healing corneal lesions and restoring the normal transparency of corneal tissue injured by the ulcer.