Eye Exams by Our Veterinary Opthalmologists
If you live near Maitland or Orlando and you’re looking for a Top Rated Local® veterinary ophthalmologist, look no further than Animal Eye Associates. We offer three board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists at our clinic who can provide comprehensive eye exams to animals of all species. When you visit one of our offices in Florida, we’ll conduct a thorough examination of your pet’s eyes before recommending the best treatment solution for you. To learn more about general eye conditions or to schedule an appointment, contact our animal eye clinic today.
What To Expect During Your Pet’s Eye Exam
When you visit our veterinary ophthalmologists, we’ll do everything we can to ensure your visit is comfortable. While we won’t ask your pet to read an eye chart, we will ask you a series of questions about your pet’s overall health and eye history. We may also ask you about your pet’s previous eye-related diagnoses, treatments, and any medications they may be taking. If you’re concerned that you will not be able to answer some of our questions regarding your pet’s recent ophthalmic history, you may want to request that your local veterinarian fill out a case summary form to send to our clinic.
Once our animal eye specialists have a thorough understanding of your pet’s history, we’ll perform a basic ophthalmic test or two on your pet to begin the initial exam. These tests are specifically designed to measure tear production and intraocular pressure (IOP) in your pet. Let’s take a look at the two common tests below:
- Tear Test – During a tear test, your veterinary ophthalmologist will take a small strip of paper to absorb and measure the amount of tears that your pet can produce. If our specialists notice that your pet has excessive tear production, it may be an indication of ocular irritation. If we discover that your dog or cat has a low tear production, this may indicate a condition known as “dry eye.”
- Tonometry – If a tear test isn’t enough to determine the health of your pet’s eye, we may recommend a tonometry. During this procedure, we will apply a few eyedrops to your pet’s eyes to help numb the area. Once numb, we will use a tonometer to measure the intraocular pressure in the eye. Tonometry is often used to test for glaucoma.
The Eye Exam
Once the above two tests have been performed, your pet ophthalmologist will conduct a thorough ophthalmic exam of your pet’s eyes. It’s important to note that this exam is completely painless and is normally performed with the room lights dimmed, using specialized magnifying equipment and other light sources. Many pet owners ask us whether or not sedation is necessary for their pet, and the answer to this question is “sometimes.” Sedation is rarely necessary for an eye exam, and is avoided when at all possible. A muzzle may be placed on your pet at our staff’s discretion to make the exam safer for all of those involved.
Animal Eye Associates In Florida
Animal Eye Associates has three board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists in Maitland and Orlando who provide comprehensive eye exams to animals of all species. The exam uses advanced equipment to evaluate structures in the eye. Specialized procedures that may be done at the time of examination may include tear testing (schirmer tear test and tear film break-up time), intraocular pressure monitoring (tonometry) and corneal staining (fluorescein and rose bengal). Following examination, we will go over the exam findings and thoroughly discuss any problems and treatment plan options. We are proud to offer animal eye care you will not find anywhere else. Make an appointment with our office today!