How can a Veterinary Ophthalmologist help my Pet

Veterinary ophthalmologists (animal eye doctor)treat diseases and injuries that affect the eyes or vision. Depending on the case, it may require either medical therapy or surgical options. In doubt, your veterinarian may recommend an evaluation with an ophthalmologist for additional care. Some common eye conditions that can be treated include:

• Cherry eye
• Eyelids abnormalities such as entropion, distichia or ectopic cilia
• Dry eye
• Corneal disease and ulcers
• Uveitis
• Glaucoma
• Cataracts
• Retinal disease
• Intraocular and periocular tumours

How can I tell if my Pet should see a Veterinary Ophthalmologist?

Your veterinarian will help you determine if a referral to a veterinary ophthalmologist is necessary. If you don’t have a veterinarian or need immediate care, you can reach out to our team. Some common signs of injury or illness of the eyes may include:

• Squinting
• Tearing (excessive)
• Redness
• Cloudiness
• Unusual rubbing at the eyes or face
• Thick or coloured discharge
• A change in eye colour

If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is strongly recommended that you contact a veterinarian.

How Can I Request a Consultation?

You can have your veterinarian send us a referral to confirm the need to be seen. Otherwise, you can make an appointment by calling the DMV Veterinary Center or by using our application chatDMVet in order to avoid waiting on the phone.

What to do before your appointment with the Ophthalmology Service?

We would recommend having your primary veterinarian send us all records of your pet in advance to facilitate your appointment including any additional diagnostic tests performed. Also, please bring with you all the medications (topical and/or oral) that is currently use or have been used on your pet. Please, do not skip any treatment prior to your appointment. In doubt, contact us with any questions.

What to expect at your appointment with the Ophthalmology Service?

First, our technician in animal health will take a medical history and perform basic ophthalmic tests such as measuring tear production, perform a stain of the eyes, measure eye pressures and potentially dilate the eyes if indicated. Following those diagnostic tests, the veterinarian will perform a thorough eye exam including the front and the back of the eye(s). Following the examination, we will discuss with you the most likely diagnosis for your pet and discuss estimates for additional tests and/or treatments that are recommended. Potential tests may include an ultrasound of the eye, an eletroretinogram (ERG) or some imaging with a computed tomography scan (CT-scan). If needed, we may recommend a consultation with other specialities. Our technician will go over your discharge and treatment prescribed. Depending on the case, follow-ups may be recommended with our ophthalmology service or your primary veterinarian. We will contact your primary veterinarian for an update and our ophthalmic findings.

What is offered by the Ophthalmology Service?

Here is a list of common ophthalmic procedures / surgeries that can be performed. Prior to the procedure, you will need an initial appointment to confirm the diagnosis and our recommendations. We will give you an estimate of our recommended plan at your examination.

• Ocular ultrasound
• Debridement for non-healing or indolent corneal ulcer


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