Ophthalmology

Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologists treat conditions and diseases of the eye such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and eye injuries. A boarded ophthalmologist has extensive training for 3-5 years after undergraduate and veterinary college. Many eye diseases are time sensitive so prompt consultation or referral is often in your pet’s best interest.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a frequent cause of blindness in both humans and pets and results from a blockage of the outflow of aqueous humor.  Read more about Glaucoma

Cataracts

The lens of the eye and the cornea function to direct light to the retina, which is the sensitive nerve tissue layer located in the back of the eye. In a healthy eye, the lens is transparent or clear. A cataract is an opacity or cloudiness of the lens that causes light to scatter, interfering with the way light reaches the retina. Cataracts are a common, but not exclusive, cause of vision loss. Read more about Cataracts

Corneal Ulcers

The cornea is the clear portion at the very front of the eye. The cornea has three layers: epithelium, stroma and endothelium. The outside layer is epithelium just like our skin but without hair and normally without pigment. The epithelial layer is thicker in the cornea of the dog than the cat. The epithelium is water-tight so that neither tears outside the cornea nor fluid from within the eye can get past the epithelium. Lining the cornea is one cell layer of endothelium similar to the cells that line blood vessels. Read more about Corneal Ulcers

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