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Eyelid Surgery

Surgery is sometimes needed to correct a variety of problems associated with the eyelids. The most frequent causes of eyelid abnormalities requiring surgery include: entropion, ectropion, distichiasis, ectopic cilia, trichiasis, eyelid masses, lacerations, and prolapsed glands of the third eyelid. Many of these conditions, if left untreated, can cause chronic blindness. Dr. Budelsky will most certainly explain the problem we well as the procedures used to correct it.

Corneal Surgery

The cornea is the clear window at the front of the eye that allows light to enter. It is essential to maintain this structure for good vision. Because the cornea is less than 1 mm in thickness, it is very delicate and susceptible to damage.   Occasionally surgery is necessary to repair the cornea. Some of the more common problems treated surgically are deep corneal ulcerations, corneal perforations, lacerations, corneal sequestrum, corneal/limbal tumors, and dermoids. These surgeries require equipment only used by an ophthalmologist. These include an operating microscope as well as specialized suture material and instruments.


While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many routine eye conditions, certain diseases and injuries require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in veterinary ophthalmology in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet. Some of the diseases include but are not limited to cataracts, glaucoma, uveitis, and corneal ulcers.

What Is A Veterinary Ophthalmologist?
A veterinary ophthalmologist is a board-certified specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving the eyes and associated structures. A veterinary ophthalmologist is someone who completed four years of veterinary school, at least one year of an internship, a three year residency in ophthalmology, and has passed examinations administered by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. A veterinary ophthalmologist will combine medical and surgical treatments in order to most effectively treat your pet's condition.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Ophthalmologist?
While your general practice veterinarian can handle many aspects of your pet's care, just as in human medicine, sometimes there is a need for the attention of a specialist. In some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with a specialist about your pet's care. In other cases, it may be necessary to actually refer you and your pet for more advanced diagnostics and treatment. Many eye diseases are time sensitive so prompt consultation or referral is often in you animal’s best interest.

Will My General Practice Veterinarian Still Be Involved?
Your veterinary ophthalmologist will work together with your general practice veterinarian as part of your pet's total veterinary health care team. Your general practice veterinarian will still oversee all aspects of your pet's care, but with the added, specialized input of a veterinary ophthalmologist. The additional input of the veterinary ophthalmologist will be called upon as needed as your veterinarian manages your pet's illness

Our Ophthalmology Services

Corneal Surgery
Electroretinogram (ERG)
Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation (ECP)
Eyelid and Corneal Surgery

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