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Nancy Bromberg

Nancy Bromberg
Veterinary Specialist
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Nancy Bromberg

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:


My Pets:

Ellie & Fred B - Dogs

Dr. Bromberg is a 1978 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. After a year in general practice, she completed a combined residency/masters program sponsored by a National Eye Institute research grant. She obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. Dr. Bromberg has been practicing veterinary ophthalmology in the Washington DC area since 1982.

She is the past chairperson of the ACVO Genetics and Public Relations Committees, and remains on the latter as a consultant. She is on the Board of Directors for the OFA. She volunteers her services at the National Zoo and the Humane Rescue Alliance.

In her spare time, Dr. Bromberg enjoy sailing on the Chesapeake , wildlife photography, and travel, especially to Africa . She also enjoys spending time with her two dogs, friends and family.

Dr. Bromberg has sponsored two Maasai, helping with their school tuitions for many years. The first, Emily, recently graduated with a degree in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi.

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At VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center, our Ophthalmology Department offers complete ocular examinations, and diagnostics including:

  • Biomicroscopy
  • CERF examinations to screen for inherited ocular disease
  • Electroretinography
  • Gonioscopy
  • Ocular ultrasound
  • Ophthalmoscopy
  • Tear-film and corneal diagnostics
  • Tonography

Medical and surgical therapeutics including:

  • Cataract surgery with lens replacement
  • Conjunctival grafts
  • Corneal surgery
  • Distichia/ectopic cilia corrections
  • Diode laser therapy (glaucoma therapy,o cular melanoma therapy, and retinal surgery)
  • Entropion/ectropion/cherry eye corrections
  • Glaucoma management
  • Medical management of KCS (dry eye)
  • Nasolacrimal flush
  • Ocular prosthesis
  • Parotid duct transposition for surgical management of KCS (dry eye)
  • Surgical and medical management of non-healing corneal ulcers

What Is A Veterinary Ophthalmologist?

A veterinary ophthalmologist is a doctor who specializes in diseases that can affect your pet's eyes and vision. A veterinary ophthalmologist is also equipped to diagnose and treat diseases that affect the structures surrounding the eye, such as the eyelids, conjunctiva, and some of the bones of the skull that comprise the eye socket. A veterinary ophthalmologist will combine medical and surgical treatments in order to treat your pet's eye problems effectively.

Pet eye diseases that you may be familiar with as a result of your own visits to a human ophthalmologist include cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachments, and corneal ulcers.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Ophthalmologist?

While your general practitioner veterinarian can handle many aspects of your pet's eye care, just as in human medicine, sometimes there is a need for the attention of a veterinary ophthalmologist. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet for more specialized diagnostic work or treatment is one that is caring and committed to ensuring your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her problem.

While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to consult with a specialist about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to refer you and your pet to the specialist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment, including surgery.

What Special Problems Does A Veterinary Ophthalmologist Treat?

The ophthalmologic conditions listed below,, frequently require the attention of a specialist.

  • Cataracts
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Entropion
  • Glaucoma
  • Prolapsed gland of the nictitans (cherry eye)
  • Uveitis
  • Tumors of the eyelids
  • Masses within the eye
  • Sudden blindness
  • Unusual shape or size of pupils

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

Your veterinary ophthalmologist will work together with your veterinarian as part of your pet's total veterinary health care team. For example, if our veterinary ophthalmologist diagnoses diabetes in your pet as a result of an eye examination for cataracts, that information will be relayed back to your general practitioner veterinarian, who will treat your pet's diabetes. The additional input of the veterinary ophthalmologist will be called upon as needed as your veterinarian manages your pet's illness.

Did You Know?

  • Do you know why your pet's eyes seem to glow when caught in the light at night? It's because of a specialized structure called a tapetum. Most animals that are active at night have this special, additional layer underneath their retina. This reflective structure acts like a mirror, and reflects light back through your pet's retina to enhance night vision.
  • Do dogs see only in black and white? While we can't ask them, most veterinary ophthalmologists now believe that dogs see colors similarly to how a color blind human would perceive them: Not only in black and white, but with a limited scale of colors.

Does your cat or dog need a veterinary ophthalmologist? Talk to your VCA vet, or find a VCA board certified veterinary ophthalmologist near you.


Our Ophthalmology Department offers an array of helpful resources that provide further information to help pet owners become informed about many aspects of ophthalmic treatment for pets. Please feel free to browse and download any of the documents from our resource library below:


VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center

8500 Arlington Boulevard

Fairfax, VA 22031

Main: 703-752-9100

Fax: 703-752-9200

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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