Ophthalmology

The VMC Ophthalmology team examining a cat

We are dedicated to providing the highest possible standard of care to veterinary patients with eye diseases. This provision of care within the specialty of veterinary ophthalmology demands both clinician expertise and a wide range of technologically advanced instrumentation.

Services

Diagnosis of eye disorders in companion animals, including but not limited to:

  • Evaluation and treatment of canine, feline, and equine corneal and conjunctival disorders 
  • Cataract evaluation and surgery
  • Medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma
  • Electroretinography for evaluation of retinal disorders
  • Eyelid mass biopsy and removal 
  • Reconstructive/reparative surgery following ocular trauma

What to expect

Appointments can last a bit longer than typically seen in private practice, and this is partially due to the teaching process as well as the additional time needed for certain ophthalmology-specific techniques. The team will ask you a series of questions about your pet’s overall health and eye history, as well as their previous eye-related diagnoses, treatments, and medications. We suggest that you bring any recently used medications with you to the exam to make this easier.

Limited intensive care treatments may be available for patients requiring hospitalization.

Included as part of your pet’s comprehensive eye exam, we will measure eye pressure, tear production, and perform fluorescein staining. 

The referral process: If your pet’s general veterinarian believes they may benefit from the skills and expertise of a specialist they may be referred to the ophthalmology service for additional care. Clients may also contact the service directly if they wish as referrals are not currently required.