Clinical Activities and Procedures

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Regardless of the presenting complaint, all new patients of the Ophthalmology Service receive a complete examination of both eyes. A senior veterinary student performs the initial evaluation, which is followed by an examination by a resident and/or a faculty member. If indicated, consultations with other specialty services at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital are available.

Diagnostic Testing

Many ocular conditions require further diagnostic testing. Specialized diagnostic procedures commonly performed include tonometry (measurement of intraocular pressure), electroretinography or ERG (a specialized test of retinal function), ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Surgical Procedures

The Ophthalmology Service offers a wide range of surgical and microsurgical procedures.

  • Cataract surgery performed with phacoemulsification, and implantation of prosthetic intraocular lenses (IOLs)
  • Excision and cryotherapy or radiation therapy for tumors of the eye and eyelids
  • Removal of eye (enucleation)
  • Blepharoplastic procedures, which involve the correction of a number of eyelid abnormalities
  • Repair of traumatic injuries
  • Conjunctival grafting procedures for deep corneal ulcers
  • Corneal transplantation
  • Cyclosporine implants (horses)
  • Endolaser / transscleral cyclophotocoagulation (for glaucoma)
  • Laser retinopexy

Emergency Coverage

The Ophthalmology Service provides 24 hour, 7 day a week emergency coverage for small and large animal patients. If necessary, emergency surgical procedures can be performed in cooperation with the Anesthesia Service.