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Ophthalmology

Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital’s ophthalmology department provides comprehensive care for pets with cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal and corneal diseases.

Any of the following signs may be a result of vision loss or ocular problems, and if one or more is detected a veterinarian should be contacted as soon as possible:

  • Discharge from the eye
  • Discoloration, redness or cloudiness of the eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blinking, winking, or closed eye or eyes
  • Difficulty maneuvering around a room, or bumping into objects
In cases that do require specialized care, the board-certified ophthalmologist at SCVSH first works to determine the cause of such conditions, as this often helps establish the best plan for treatment and management.

Initially, a comprehensive eye exam with slit-lamp biomicroscopy and indirect ophthalmoscopy may be performed. The ophthalmology team at SCVSH then may utilize proven techniques and technologically advanced tools for ocular procedures such as:

  • Phacoemulsification for cataract removal and foldable intraocular lens placement
  • Applanation and rebound tonometry
  • Gonioscopy, electroretinogram, and ocular ultrasound
  • Cryosurgery for trichiasis and ectopic cilia removal
  • Laser mass removal, entropian correction, laceration repair, and other eyelid surgeries
  • Corneal dermoid, sequestrum, or foreign body removal
  • Diamond burr debridement, thermokeratoplasty, conjunctival island or pedicle graft, and other corneal surgeries
  • Everted cartilage correction, repositioning of the prolapsed gland, and other third eyelid procedures
  • Enucleation, with or without orbital implant
  • Evisceration with intraocular silicone prosthesis
  • Ciliary body ablation
  • Pre-breeding eye examinations

Medical, surgical, nutritional and supportive therapies routinely are integrated to ensure the most effective ocular health plans. To support this comprehensive approach, SCVSH’s ophthalmology department often collaborates with other specialists and primary care veterinarians to determine how such specialized treatment and maintenance can contribute to a pet’s overall quality of life.