Ophthalmology

If your pet requires special diagnosis and treatment for vision or eye problems, you will likely be referred to a specialist in veterinary ophthalmology. At Veterinary Specialists of Birmingham, our specialists in this field (also known as ophthalmologists) are prepared to use their expertise when it comes to diagnosing and treating complex conditions. While we mostly treat cats and dogs, we also evaluate other animal species.

Our comprehensive ophthalmic exams include:

  • Tear production assessment
  • Intraocular pressure measurement
  • Fluorescein stain application
  • Dilation of the pupil for the examination of the lens and back of the eye
  • Slit-lamp biomicroscopy
  • Indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Macrophotography of the eye for documentation

Ophthalmic diagnostics offered at VSB include:

  • Electroretinography
  • Ultrasonography of the eye and eye socket (orbit)
  • Cytology, biopsy, and culture of the eye and eyelids
  • Doppler blood pressure measurement
  • CT scan of the head

On top of our nonsurgical treatments,
we offer surgical ophthalmologic procedures such as:

  • Cataract extraction
  • Conjunctival grafts
  • Corneal transplants
  • Corneal ulcer grafts
  • Cryosurgery for distichiasis, ectopic cilia, ocular tumors, and retinopexy
  • Enucleation (eye removal)
  • Eyelid reconstructive surgery
  • Glaucoma implants
  • Intrascleral prosthesis
  • Laser therapy for glaucoma and retinal issues
  • Luxated lens removal
  • Orbital implants
  • Repair of detached retinas, prolapsed nictitans gland (cherry eye repair), and traumatic injuries to the globe
  • Sulcus IOL suturing
  • Superficial keratectomy

Commonly seen conditions:

  • Cataracts
  • Cherry eye (Prolapsed gland of the third eyelid)
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Corneal degeneration
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Distichiasis
  • Dry eye (Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca)
  • Entropion
  • Eyelid masses
  • Eye and eyelid trauma
  • Glaucoma
  • Ocular manifestations of feline herpesvirus
  • Orbital Disease
  • Pannus (Chronic Superficial Keratitis)
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS)
  • Uveitis