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Comprehensive eye exams are performed Monday-Friday by ophthalmologists. Comprehensive testing includes high-magnification slit-lamp examination, Schirmer tear test, fluorescein dye test, tonometry (to measure intraocular pressure) and indirect ophthalmoscopy (to visualize the retina).
Eye certifications are performed on breeding dogs in an attempt to minimize the frequency of inherited eye disease in a certain breed. Breeders are encouraged to contact their breed-specific clubs or the AKC to find breed recommendations for age and frequency of eye certification exams. Breed clubs recommend dogs used for breeding should be re-examined annually. The database for eye certifications is now maintained by OFA.
An ERG is like an EKG of the heart and it measures the electrical activity of the retina. It allows the ophthalmologists to test the retina for proper function when they suspect retinal disease or when they cannot see the retina due to opacification of the eye (such as hemorrhage or a cataract). An ERG is a common test performed prior to recommending cataract removal surgery.
Ocular or orbital ultrasound can be helpful in imaging ocular anatomy, detecting retrobulbar cysts, masses or infections, retinal detachments and intraocular tumors. An ultrasound can often be performed on short notice with a patient either awake or under mild sedation.
Skull radiographs can be helpful in detecting orbital disease involving the bones around the eye. Skull radiographs are also used to identify foreign, metal material in the orbit.
At VRCC, we can offer on-site MRI as an advanced diagnostic instrument. The MRI allows us to detect and measure soft-tissue masses or abnormalities in areas of the body that cannot be easily visualized. MRI is ideal for imaging structures within the orbit and offers the ophthalmologists valuable information regarding treatment options for the patient.
At VRCC, we can offer on-site CT as an advanced diagnostic imaging instrument. This technology allows our specialists to use advanced imaging to diagnose and treat an array of conditions and illnesses. The Vimago CT Scanner is a robotic, high definition, computed tomography-fluoroscopy-digital radiography platform that is mobile but capable of imaging an entire patient in a single series, and can fit even extremely large dogs. The system operates with the speed equivalent to a 4-slice conventional CT. VRCC is proud to offer this CT machine and our services at a more cost-effective rate for pet owners that traditional MRI or CT scans.
LASER retinopexy is available to pets to prevent retinal detachment and vision loss. This procedure is performed using light sedation as an out-patient procedure.
Most ocular surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis. Patients are typically admitted to the hospital in the morning and discharged the same afternoon. Surgeries range from minor eyelid tumor removals under mild sedation to cataract surgeries under general anesthesia. Please contact our office with questions about specific surgeries or procedures.
Diagnostic blood, urine or tissue samples may be collected and submitted to our state-of-the-art in-house regional laboratory (ANTECH diagnostic labs). These samples may be very important in reaching a rapid and accurate diagnosis of your pet’s condition. Accurate diagnosis assures proper treatment and gives your pet the best possible chance for a full recovery.
Occasionally patients will stay overnight at our 24-hour facility. Hospitalized patients are cared for by experienced Specialty Patient Care technicians. The ophthalmologists communicate with the staff regarding overnight care and all patients are rechecked by the ophthalmology staff the following morning. Clients are welcome to call to check on or come in to visit hospitalized pets during their stay. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or to schedule a tour of our facility.