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Veterinary ophthalmology is a branch of pet medicine that focuses on eye care and ocular disease prevention. Our veterinarians are highly trained in performing pet vision exams to evaluate current eye health, measuring tear production, eye pressure, and potential corneal scratches. If more serious issues are detected, such as glaucoma, cataracts, early vision loss, or dry eye problems, they will be addressed and treatment will be planned. During treatment planning, all options and recommendations will be thoroughly discussed so we can build an effective and comfortable vision procedure for you and your pet.
Indications of pet eye problems:
· Abnormal growth near or on the eye
· Bumping into objects or seemingly lost in a familiar setting
· Discoloration of the iris or pupil
· Hazy film over pupil
· Increase in discharge from eyes
· Pawing and rubbing eyes
· Red, swollen eyes
· Sensitivity to light or squinting
Preventing and improving pet vision problems
The following tests can be performed in our office to arrive at a diagnosis for your pet’s ocular problem. Our veterinarians and staff always make pet comfort a priority, and these tests do not cause pain. If serious problems are detected, treatment options, including surgery, will be discussed.
Fluorescein Stain – By inserting drops of a fluorescent stain on the eye, the veterinarian will be able to detect secretion from any sores. The bright green stain rests in scratches and on wounds so the veterinarian can easily detect them under a special light.
Intraocular Pressure Test – The veterinarian will use an instrument that reads eye pressure to determine whether your pet is at risk for glaucoma, uveitis, or other eye pressure abnormalities.
Schirmer Tear Test – The veterinarian will place a small strip of test paper beneath your pet’s eyelid to measure the level of tear production from each eye. We use this test to determine whether your dog may be suffering from dry eye and require treatment with prescription eye drops.
Retinal examination – Using a special instrument, our veterinarians can examine the retina at the back of your pet’s eye. Retinal changes can occur due to a number of systemic diseases including high blood pressure, cancer, and infectious diseases.
If you have any questions about veterinary ophthalmology or would like to arrange for a routine pet eye exam, please contact our office to schedule your pet’s appointment.