The “eyes” have it!

Because dogs and cats rely on their keen senses to explore and enjoy their world, it’s important that they have optimal functioning of all their senses, including vision. A number of diseases can affect your pet’s eyes, including ulcers, glaucoma and cataracts, one of the most common eye diseases in dogs. Because many of our pets are curious creatures, they may poke their heads where they shouldn’t, which sometimes results in an eye injury too.

In cases of disease, trauma or other conditions of the eye, your family veterinarian may determine that the best course of action is to have your pet seen by a veterinary ophthalmologist. Ophthalmologists are trained in the anatomy and function of the eye and offer both surgical and medical (non-surgical) interventions to treat diseases of the eye. With expert training focused solely on the eye, an ophthalmologist is in the best position to help restore or improve your pet’s vision and ensure your pet is kept comfortable.

Conditions our ophthalmology team often treats and services we often provide include:

  • Breed certification examinations: Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) and Orthopedic Foundation for Animals Eye Certification Registry (OFA ECR)
  • Cataracts
  • Cherry eye
  • Corneal injuries and diseases
  • Dry eye
  • Eyelid and eyelash abnormalities
  • Glaucoma
  • Inflammation, including uveitis and conjunctivitis
  • Retinal disease

For more information about board-certified ophthalmology specialists, please visit the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology at acvo.org.