Pets are often referred to the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware (VSCD) from across the Tri-State and Delmarva regions for the advanced training, expertise, and diagnostics of our veterinary ophthalmology team in diagnosing and treating eye and eyelid conditions in pets.
With prompt referral and treatment, even the most serious eye conditions can have great outcomes. Our ophthalmologists routinely provide diagnostic and treatment services such as:
- Cataract removal—Similar to humans, pets can develop cataracts on the lens of the eye causing blurry vision or even leading to blindness. The Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware's ophthalmologists can surgically remove cataracts and replace the lens with an artificial lens restoring the pet’s sight.
- Neuro-ophthalmologic examination—This type of exam is done when the source of the problem is in the connection between the eye and the brain instead of the condition of the eye itself.
- Corneal reconstruction and trauma repair—The cornea is the clear front part of the eye that covers the pupil and iris. When injured or damaged, the cornea may require surgical repair.
- Glaucoma treatment—Glaucoma is a condition where the normal fluid inside the eye is produced faster than it can be eliminated, causing the pressure inside the eye to increase. Depending on the situation, there are medicinal and surgical treatment options for glaucoma in pets.
- Eyelid blepharoplasty and trauma repair—When eyelids are improperly formed or damaged, sometime surgical repair is needed to keep lashes from damaging the eye and causing the pet pain.
- Plastic surgery and craniofacial reconstruction—Facial trauma or injury to the head can result in the need for reconstructive surgery near the eyes. VSCD's ophthalmologists and surgeons work together to restore pet health.
- Orbital ultrasonography—Use of ultrasound technology to examine the eye gives our specialists the ability to examine the eye area and to examine the size and structures of the eye in a non-invasive fashion.
- Cyclocryotherapy—This glaucoma treatment uses a very cold probe to destroy the cells that produce the overabundance of fluid for the eye.
- Laser photocoagulation—Use of a laser to cauterize blood vessels in the eye is a treatment for a number of different pet eye conditions.
- Parotid duct transposition surgery—This procedure is sometime used to provide lubrication to the eyeball.
- Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) and Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) exams—To preserve the eye health of pure breed dogs, eye certifications are sometimes required as part of routine health screening practices. The Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware is able to conduct both CERF and OFA exams.
If your pet would benefit from the services of VSCD’s ophthalmologists, speak with your family veterinarian about a referral.
Learn more about our ophthalmologists:
- Jeffrey E. Bowersox, DVM, DACVO
- Kathryn Wotman, DVM, DACVIM, DACVO
- Nurses: Brooke, Christine, Natalie, Kristen