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Just like humans, pets depend on good vision to help them navigate and interact with their world. Unfortunately, animals are equally at risk for many of the same eye conditions or diseases that humans experience, but can’t tell you when symptoms begin to appear (often they are not obvious). That’s why regular eye exams are an important component of your pet’s health.

Veterinary ophthalmologists are specially trained in the anatomy and function of the eye, and best able to detect potential problems. If caught early enough, progression of certain diseases can be halted or even reversed. The team at CARES is equipped to treat all levels of eye conditions with compassion and dedication toward your pet’s comfort.

Ocular Conditions we Commonly Treat:

  • Cataract
  • Cherry Eye
  • Corneal Edema
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Distichiasis, Trichiasis, and Ectopic Cilia
  • Entropion
  • Eyelid Masses
  • Feline Herpes Virus
  • Glaucoma
  • KCS (“Dry Eye”)
  • Lens Luxation
  • Neoplasia (Cancer)
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Uveitis

What to expect at your ophthalmology appointment

Indirect Ophthalmoscopy allows our doctors to determine the health of the deeper structures of the eye (the retina and optic nerve) that are critical to vision. It is also useful for screening for inherited or congenital diseases.

Slit-lamp Biomicroscopy is used to evaluate the internal and external structures of your pet’s eye and diseases associated with the eyelids, eyelashes, cornea, iris and lens.

Schirmer Tear Test is a crucial test to aid in the diagnosis of dry eye or Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS).

Fluorescein Stain is used to check your pet’s cornea for any corneal ulcers, abrasions or lacerations.

Tonometry measures the pressure inside of the eye and tests for diseases such as glaucoma.

In order to keep the costs to our clients to a minimum, the ophthalmology service at CARES is pleased to include all of the above diagnostics 
in the cost of your consultation. Other available diagnostics include Electroretinography (ERG), Cytology, Orbital and Ocular Ultrasonography, CT, MRI and access to our on site IDEXX Reference Laboratory.

OFA Ophthalmic Exams

CARES is pleased to provide screening OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals )ophthalmic examinations for breeding purposes. A thorough ophthalmic examination with pupil dilation can identify genetic ocular conditions that may be passed down to offspring.


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