Animals suffer from eye problems that are similar to those which affect humans. These problems include cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, corneal ulceration, tumors of the eye, eyelid defects, inflammation of the eye and surrounding tissues, retinal degeneration, and many others. Veterinary ophthalmologists can provide animals with much of the medical and surgical eye care that is available for humans. Due to rapid advances in the knowledge, techniques, and equipment necessary to provide specialty eye care to veterinary patients, your primary care veterinarian may choose to consult a specialist for eye problems that are unusual or for those that have not responded to initial therapy. If your pet has an eye problem, referral may help. The veterinary ophthalmologist may be able to preserve or restore vision, treat a painful eye, or diagnose a troubling ophthalmic condition.
CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation) board-certified specialist can examine breeding dogs to show the incidence of heritable eye diseases; providing ocular exams using techniques such as electroretinography, gonioscopy and ultrasonography; procedures performed include cryosurgery, phacoemulsification for removal of cataracts, lens implantation, diode laser surgery for ocular conditions such as glaucoma and intraocular tumors.