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A cataract is an opacity of the lens within the eye. The function of the lends is to focus light on the retina. Therefore, cataracts decrease vision by interfering with light reaching the retina. 

Cataracts are a leading cause of visual impairment in dogs. Vision of affected dogs can often be restored to a normal state by surgically removing the abnormal lens (cataract) and substituting an artificial lens in its place. 

Currently the only effective treatment for cataracts in through surgical removal of the affected lens. Cataract surgery is a preformed under general anesthesia by the use of phacoemulsification, which uses ultrasonic waves to breakup the cataract. The cataracts fragments are then moved using irrigation/aspiration. In most cases an artificial intraocular lens is then implanted. After the healing process is complete, vision is typically restored.

Ophthalmology

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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