Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology

When does my pet need an eye exam?

  • Shows signs of sharp eye pain (squinting, rubbing at the eye, increased tearing)
  • Signs of dull pain, such as seen in glaucoma, include depression, decreased exercise tolerance, and lethargy.
  • Change in appearance of the eye – cloudiness, redness, swelling, enlargement
  • Discharge from the eye, especially excessive quantity of clear tears or any yellow or green discharge
  • Changes in vision – hesitation when going down stairs, trouble finding ball, bumping into objects, missing curbs, cautious behavior in dim light
  • Any of the above which occurs suddenly, seems severe, or is associated with a known injury to the eye may be an emergency.

 

Ophthalmology services are currently offered at SAGE Concord and both Veterinary Vision locations in San Carlos and San Francisco.

Highly trained staff will perform two basic ophthalmic tests on your pet to begin the initial exam. These tests measure tear production and intraocular pressure (IOP). Neither test causes any significant discomfort.

Tear test: a small strip of paper is used to absorb and measure the amount of tears produced. Increased tear production may indicate ocular irritation, while low tear production indicates a condition called “Dry Eye.”

Tonometry: Following application of drops to “numb” the eye, the tonometer is gently touched to the surface of the eye to measure intraocular pressure (IOP). This is a test for glaucoma.

Eye Exam: After these tests are completed, the ophthalmologist will enter the room and perform a thorough ophthalmic exam. An eye exam is completely painless and is performed with the room lights dimmed, using specialized magnifying equipment and light sources.

 

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