Animal Eye Specialty Services

At Eye Specialists for Animals, we offer a variety of medical and surgical ocular services for a wide array of species including dogs, cats, horses, and exotic animals.

Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology, Dr. Dugan and Dr. Best are experts in their field and will examine, diagnosis, and treat heritable, age-related, metabolic, infectious, immune-mediated, and post-traumatic issues affecting the eyes.

Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmology Services Include:

Our comprehensive ophthalmic examinations include a thorough evaluation of all structures of the eyes. Following the exam, we provide you with a detailed report of the diagnosis and treatment options to ensure you are as informed as possible.  Please remember that a referral from your general veterinarian is not required.

We also offer Eye Certification Exams (ECE) for the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) to assist breeders in screening for heritable ocular issues. This service may only be performed by a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist.  To learn more about this service, please visit www.ofa.org.

  • Cataract Removal Surgery. Phacoemulsification Irrigation Aspiration for cataract extraction. Dr. Dugan and Dr. Best have performed over 2,200 successful surgeries and have inserted over 1,400 artificial lens implants.
  • Eyelid Tumor Removal with Cryotherapy.
  • Burr Keratotomy for the treatment of nonhealing superficial corneal ulcers.
  • Intrascleral Prosthesis (artificial eye) commonly recommended or preferred as an alternative to enucleation (removal) of the eye for cosmetic purposes.
  • Entropion Eyelid Correction.
  • Prolapsed Gland of the Nictitating Membrane, or “cherry eye”.
  • Diode laser for the destruction of intraocular tumors and glaucoma treatment

Both offices use sevoflurane general anesthesia with ventilator support, pulse oximetry and blood pressure monitoring on all patients. All of our surgeries are out-patient procedures. Your pet will be able to return home with you shortly after completion of the procedure.

Learn more about surgery and treatment costs.

We offer various additional diagnostic tests when mandated, including:

  • Canine/Feline Comprehensive Bloodwork & Preanesthetic Bloodwork
  • Biopsy with Histopathology – commonly recommended for suspicious looking eyelid tumors, masses affecting the outer or inner structures of the eye, etc.
  • Cytology – commonly used for corneal tissue assessment
  • Culture with Sensitivity – utilized when suspecting ocular/orbital infection
  • Electroretinogram (ERG) – quantitatively measures the retinal health or lack thereof
    • used preoperatively for cataract removal surgery
    • used to rule in/out retinal disease; e.g. SARD
  • Ocular Ultrasonogram – provides noninvasive imaging of the intraocular and orbital compartments
    • Used preoperatively for cataract removal surgery
  • Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope – Provides the largest field of view to allow critical evaluation of the optic nerve and retina – 2 key structures which are vital to ocular health.
  • Slit Lamp Biomicroscopy – A hand held microscope which provides high magnification in order to further evaluate the front segment of the eye as well as the eyelid margins.
  • Rebound Tonometry – State of the art instrument used to measure the intraocular pressure of the eye (i.e. test for glaucoma)
  • Gonioscopy – A test to determine if there is a predisposition to develop glaucoma. This is extremely important in cases of unilateral glaucoma (only one eye is affected).
  • Chromatic Pupillary Light Responses (cPLR) – Very new technology which tests the pupillary responses to red and blue light stimuli of varying intensities. The results provide further information on the retinal health or lack thereof.