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Ophthalmology

We can diagnose and treat a number of eye conditions your pet may be suffering from including glaucoma, cataracts, retinal diseases, and more.

Overview

Veterinary ophthalmology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders and diseases in cats, dogs, and other animals. Eye conditions such as cataracts are fairly common in pets and may require surgery to heal, while other conditions require less intensive treatment to manage. We will work closely with you to identify the source of any eye symptoms your pet may be experiencing, and develop the best treatment plans for the long-term health of your pet’s eyes.

Why would my pet need ophthalmology treatments?

Most humans visit the eye doctor at least once a year. It is essential we keep our pet’s eyes healthy as well.

There are a number of eye disorders your pet may experience. Some of these conditions may occur as side effects of another disease your pet may have. For example, cataracts are most likely inherited from a concurrent condition such as diabetes.

When would my pet need ophthalmology treatments?

If your pet is experiencing any of the following, you should bring them in for an examination.

  • Watery eyes

  • Excessive blinking

  • Squinting

  • Redness

  • Puffiness

  • Bulging around the eyes

  • Sunken eyes

  • Dehydration

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Excessive tears

  • Loss of appetite

  • Rubbing or pawing at the face

  • Whining

  • Noticeable decrease in vision or suspected blindness

How will you treat my pet?

Depending on the diagnosis, we may recommend any of the following treatment options. Some treatments can be performed quickly, while others may require surgery.

  • Ultrasonic removal of cataracts

  • Tear duct repairs

  • Correction of eyelid abnormalities

  • Artificial eye placement

  • Drug therapy

  • Laser surgery

  • Corneal transplantation

  • Glaucoma surgery

The Eye Exam: What to Expect

Your veterinarian will perform an eye exam as part of every routine wellness visit. We utilize an ophthalmoscope, which is an instrument with a light and a magnifying lens, to look inside your pet’s eyes.

  • Fluorescein staining for corneal abrasions

  • Tonometry — Measuring the pressure inside the eye

  • Cytology — Sampling and examining the cells of the eyes

  • Conjunctival scraping — Sampling and examining the cells on the inside of the eyelids to identify the type of swelling present

  • Schirmer tear test — Checking for proper production of moisture or tears

  • Bacterial culture and sensitivity