Veterinary Ophthalmology

At Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, our board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist specializes in the treatment of diseases and disorders of the eye in cats and dogs.

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Ophthalmology Services

By partnering with your pet's primary care veterinarian, the board-certified ophthalmologist at Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson will provide the most compassionate and comprehensive eye care possible for your pet. 

Your pet may experience eye conditions that range from minor to severe. These conditions can potentially lead to discomfort and impact your pet's vision. If detected early, treatment can reduce pain and preserve your pet's eyesight. 

At our Tucson hospital, we can diagnose and treat virtually any eye disease or condition, including infections, glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye, uveitis, corneal ulcers, tumors and more.

Our Board-Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist

A board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist has completed extensive training following veterinary school. This training focuses exclusively on treating eye disorders in animals. During this training, an ophthalmologist is also completes an internship and specialized residency, passes comprehensive exams, and completes publication requirements to become board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO).

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What to Expect at Your Appointment

From the moment you walk through the door, we strive to make your visit with our veterinary ophthalmologist a pleasant experience. When you arrive, one of our receptionists will greet you and ask you to complete our New Patient forms. 

Please bring any medications your pet is taking (oral, eye) to the first appointment. Pertinent records or recent blood tests should also be faxed to us before your visit. 

  • Patient History & Diagnostics

    Once we have received all of your information, one of our trained veterinary technicians will bring you to an examination room and discuss your pet's medical history. 

    Initial diagnostic tests including a Schirmer tear test, applanation tonometry, and vital staining will be completed.

  • Comprehensive Exam & Additional Diagnostics

    Our board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist will perform a complete exam. This assessment will include slit lamp examination (biomicroscopy), vision testing and indirect ophthalmoscopy. 

    The ophthalmologist will discuss your pet's current ocular condition with you, and make therapeutic and/or further diagnostic recommendations. 

    Other diagnostic techniques include nasolacrimal flushing, gonioscopy, cytology, harvesting of corneal and conjunctival cells, ocular ultrasound, aqueocentesis, blood pressure measurement and genetic testing for inherited eye disease.

  • Discharge & Next Steps

    At the conclusion of your visit, a technician will provide you with discharge instructions, including a diagnosis, instructions regarding medical therapy, and a description of your pet's current ocular condition. 

    A referral letter will also be sent to your primary care veterinarian on the same day as your initial appointment to inform them of the ophthalmologist's findings. We strive to work with your veterinarian to provide the best, most comprehensive care possible.

Symptoms of Eye Conditions

You may notice some common signs of recurring eye disease.

If your pet is experiencing any of the following symptoms, your veterinarian can contact us for an appointment with our trained veterinary ophthalmologist.

  • Discharge
  • Squinting
  • Tearing / Tear-Stained Fur
  • Swelling
  • Vision Loss (sudden)
  • Cloudiness
  • Eye Rubbing
  • Change in Eye Color
  • Red Eye
  • Vision Loss (gradual)

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Caring for Pets in Tucson

Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson accepts new clients to our specialty services and 24/7 emergency services.

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+1 520-795-9955