BluePearl Pet Hospital
Sarasota, FL

Emergency and Specialty
Sun 8 am-Fri 7 pm
By appointment

Pet ophthalmology by BluePearl.

Advanced vision and eye care to help your pet live a better, more comfortable life.

We understand that seeing your pet experience unusual symptoms or act out of the ordinary can be stressful – especially if you don’t know what’s wrong. Fortunately, our veterinary ophthalmology team is made up of experts in diagnosing and treating diseases of the eye, and we’re here to help.

Our commitment is not just to treat illnesses; it’s to enhance the well-being of your pet and be with you every step of the way.

A vet specialist holds a small grey puppy wearing a cone on an exam table.

Conditions we treat.

A BluePearl anesthesiology and pain management vet prepares to fix an anesthetic facemask on a yellow lab while a vet tech helps hold the dog on the exam table.

If your pet has an eye condition, you’ll have an entire ophthalmology team helping to improve your pet’s quality of life so you can get back to what matters most – spending precious moments together.

  • Cataracts
  • Cornea injuries
  • Retinal disease
  • Dry eye
  • Eyelid and eyelash injuries or abnormalities
  • Glaucoma
  • Inflammation and conjunctivitis
  • Third eyelid, or cherry eye

Services we offer.

Your pet will receive unparalleled medical care during their time at the hospital (and they’ll be spoiled with love and attention, too).

Advanced diagnostics

Your pet can’t tell us what’s wrong, so we use sophisticated diagnostics and imaging tools to uncover the source of the problem.

  • Electroretinography
  • Fluorescein stain
  • Indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Tear testing
  • Tonometry
  • Gonioscopy
  • Ocular and orbital imaging
  • Slit-lamp exams

Treatment plans

Just as no two patients are the same, neither are their treatment plans. Our ophthalmology team has experience with a range of advanced procedures and minimally invasive care options to get your pet on the path to wellness, including:

  • Cataract surgery
  • Cherry eye repair
  • Glaucoma surgery
  • Orbital surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Dry eye therapy

Our board certified specialists and ophthalmology team.

Experience makes all the difference. 

Our ophthalmology team is made up of veterinarians, vet technicians and assistants, and support staff with rigorous training and experience in specialty medicine. The team works hand in hand to provide the comprehensive, compassionate care your pet needs and deserves. Because we’re a multidisciplinary hospital, the team can consult the expertise of other specialty departments, too.

Melissa Chow

On the job

Dr. Melissa Chow is an intern in our ophthalmology service.

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, East Bay Veterinary Specialists & Emergency, Walnut Creek, CA
  • Clinical Rotation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Off duty

Dr. Chow’s family includes one dog and two cats.

Kyle Kline

On the job

Dr. Kyle Kline is resident in our ophthalmology service. She is particularly interested in the diagnosis and treatment of corneal and retinal diseases.

  • Internship, Ophthalmology, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Hospital, Clearwater, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Molecular Environmental Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Off duty

Dr. Kline is an avid runner and enjoys spending time near the ocean, kayaking, reading and live music. She has one cat named Summer.

Publications & Articles

Stephanie Lo

On the job

Dr. Stephanie Lo is a resident in our ophthalmology service. She is most interested in corneal diseases, especially treating corneal ulcers with medical or surgical therapy.

  • Internship, Ophthalmology, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park
Off duty

Dr. Lo enjoys visiting the beach, going to concerts, traveling, rock climbing, playing tennis, taking her dog to the park and cuddling her cat.

Publications & Articles

Laison Nguyen


On the job

Dr. Laison Nguyen has been with BluePearl since graduating from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. It was during his training with BluePearl that he fell in love with ophthalmology. Dr. Nguyen enjoys treating animals of all shapes and sizes. He has a special interest in exotic pets as well as surgery – especially corneal grafts and cataract surgeries. He is working towards offering treatment options for retinal detachments in the future.

  • Residency, Ophthalmology, BluePearl Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Ophthalmology, BluePearl Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Texas State University, San Marcos
Off duty

A fan of the outdoors, Dr. Nguyen can often be found playing soccer or ultimate Frisbee. He has a German shepherd named Junior.

Anja Welihozkiy

Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology

On the job

Dr. Anja Welihozkiy began her veterinary career at a small animal practice in her home country of Germany. She worked in veterinary research at the University of California, Davis before becoming an ophthalmologist. Dr. Welihozkiy finds glaucoma and corneal disease to be especially interesting and likes the challenges of cataract surgery and corneal grafting procedures.

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Comparative Ophthalmology, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine TA, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Off duty

Dr. Welihozkiy likes travel, photography, hiking, biking and reading and can be found volunteering her time at shelters, aquariums and zoos. Her full house includes a husband and son, husky mix Jones, and two tuxedo cats, Floyd and Django.

What to expect.

We want you to be prepared for your pet’s visit to the ophthalmologist, so you have one less thing to worry about. Our entire BluePearl team will be with you every step of the way.

Before your visit

  • Make an initial appointment by calling us directly or via referral from your pet’s primary vet. 
  • We’ll get records from your primary or emergency vet before your first visit and collaborate with them to discuss your pet’s history and current condition.

During your visit

  • When possible, we’ll examine your pet with you by their side to make them more comfortable. If additional tests are needed for a diagnosis, we’ll discuss those options with you.
  • You’ll have plenty of time and opportunity to ask questions as we go over your pet’s diagnosis together.
  • Before you leave, you’ll receive a detailed treatment plan, discharge instructions and any recommended medications. We’ll schedule a recheck appointment and make sure you’re aware of any symptoms you should watch out for at home.

After your visit

  • Our team will continue to partner with your primary veterinarian as part of the ongoing management of your pet’s care.
  • You know your pet better than anyone, and you play a crucial role in their treatment plan. If you have any concerns about providing care at home (such as giving medication, maintaining a specific diet or monitoring your pet’s symptoms), let us know – we’re here for you.