What is ophthalmology?
We are pleased to offer the specialty of Veterinary Ophthalmology and have the only board certified ophthalmologist in the Edmonton area serving your pet’s eye needs. As our ophthalmologist is trained in comparative ophthalmology we can treat all species of animals!
Veterinary Ophthalmologists specialize in disease and surgery of the eye and the structures closely associated with the eye, with a goal of preservation of vision when possible along with comfort. These specialists have sought advanced training to provide exceptional care for your pet.
The eye is a very important organ, as is necessary for vision, and can be affected by a variety of diseases and injuries. Some conditions may even be inherited or congenital (born with). Some diseases affecting the body may be diagnosed by your veterinary ophthalmologist if changes noted within the eye.
Vision is one sense that allows us and our pets rapid perception of our environment. We want to preserve this sense as much as possible and retain the quality of life that vision allows.
From clear cornea to actively focusing lens, through the supporting vitreous fluid of the eye and to the complex retina, the eye needs to work in harmony. The supportive structures of the eye are also critical for its health and function, including eyelids that give physical protection and regularly spread tear film over the cornea, the tear glands themselves that produce the different components of the tear, and the muscles that move the eye.
Our board certified veterinary ophthalmologists can perform breed specific exams looking for known potential genetic/inherited conditions so that early intervention can be initiated.
Further testing to evaluate your pet’s eye can be performed if indicated. This includes ultrasound of the eye, retinal function testing (ERG), gonioscopy to evaluate for risk of primary glaucoma and advanced imaging such at CT/MRI.
In addition to the many ocular diseases we treat medically we are able to perform ophthalmic surgery when indicated.
Veterinary Ophthalmologists utilize some very precise equipment for surgery. This includes an operating microscope, laser, cryotherapy unit and very delicate ophthalmology specific instrumentation. With this state of the art equipment we are able to perform surgery on the eyelids, cornea, iris, lens and even the retina at the back of the eye.
Cataract surgery is routinely performed, removing the irregular and dense lens tissue and when possible replacing it with a prosthetic lens. This is one of the most rewarding procedures we perform as animals will often be completely non-visual due to the opaque lens, and then have vision returned after surgery.
- Correction of prolapsed gland of the third eyelid (cherry eye)
- Correction of everted cartilage of the third eyelid
- Eyelid surgery for entropion/ectropion and trauma
- Eyelid mass removal including more advanced eyelid reconstruction (blepharoplasty) such as lip to lid grafting
- Distichasis removal (cryoepilation) for extra eyelid hairs
- Ectopic cilia excision for abnormal hair growth
- Parotid duct transposition for advanced dry eye
- Eye removal (enucleation/evisceration/excenteration) with the option to place a prosthetic
- Treatment of age-related indolent corneal ulcerations with linear grid keratotomy/diamond burr keratotomy
- Treatment of endothelial degeneration with thermal keratoplasty/gunderson flap surgery
- Corneal surgery (keratectomy) for dermoids/sequestrum/masses
- Conjunctival pedical grafts for deep corneal ulcerations or ruptures to save the eye
- Cataract surgery
- Glaucoma surgeries
- Retinopexy (barrier and prophylactic transpupillary)
We look forward to helping improve your pets ocular health and vision!