NEW YORK CITY – Ophthalmologists from BluePearl Veterinary Partners will be conducting free eye exams for service animals during this year’s 8th Annual ACVO & StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event in May.
The eye exams will be provided free of charge to eligible animals, including those who provide the following services: detection, guidance, handicapped assistance, police/military, search and rescue, and therapy.
Registration for the free eye exams must be completed by service animal owners or handlers at ACVOeyeexam.org by April 30.
“This event is a wonderful opportunity for us to give back to the amazing animals who serve us in so many different ways,” said Dr. Paige Evans, a board-certified specialist in veterinary ophthalmology with BluePearl in Manhattan. “We are honored to be a part of preserving the vision of all service animals and to help identify potential problems before they grow into larger concerns.”
To qualify, animals must be active working animals that were certified by a formal training program or organization or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. The certifying organization can be national, regional or local in nature. Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form beginning April 1 at ACVOeyeexam.org. Registration ends April 30.
Once registered online, the owner/agent will receive a registration number and will be allowed access to a list of participating ophthalmologists in their area. Then they may contact a specialist to schedule an appointment. Appointments will take place during the month of May and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.