Ophthalmology Service

ophthalmology service

Information for Owners

When should your pet see us?

The following are indications to consult with your regular veterinarian or with us.

  • Sudden change in the appearance of the eye/s
  • Loss, or impairment, of vision
  • Excessive discharge from the eye/s
  • Painful eye/s including squinting or rubbing

Diseases that may be referred to Ophthalmology by your veterinarian

  • Severe eye trauma
  • Severe or chronic inflammation of the eyes
  • Disease in the orbit
  • Tumors in and around the eye
  • Non-healing corneal ulcers
  • Deep or severely infected corneal ulcers
  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Disease of the retina

For more information about these diseases, visit the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

What Happens During an Eye Exam?

A typical outpatient examination is approximately one and a half hours in duration. Our examinations are initiated by one of our senior veterinary students. Your pet will then be examined by an ophthalmology resident and faculty member to make a diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Procedures that may be carried out during an eye exam

  • Vision testing
  • Tear measurement (screening for dry eye disease)
  • Fluorescein staining (screening for corneal ulcers)
  • Measure eye pressure (screening for glaucoma)
  • Complete examination of the eye and associated structures