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
- 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