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Ophthalmology & Ocular Surgery

May 22 2022

Ocular procedures involve surgical treatment of eye and eyelid disorders that are commonly experienced in dogs and cats. In veterinary medicine, ophthalmology refers to medicine that focuses on the treatment of your pets’ eyes. This includes diagnosis and treatment of eye-related problems that could be caused by, but are not limited to: injuries, abnormalities, glaucoma, dry eye, and more. 

If your pet is displaying any of the following symptoms, it may indicate an ocular condition:

  • Pain

  • Increased Tear Production

  • Dilated Pupils

  • Enlarged Eyes

  • Visible Third Eyelid

  • Swelling of the eye(s) or eyelid(s)

  • A change in color, especially cloudiness or redness

  • Excessive discharge

  • Scratching or rubbing at the eye(s)

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Some of the most common ocular procedures that we perform here at CAH for cats and dogs include ectropion surgery, eyelid tumor removal, cherry eye surgery and eyelid mass removal. We are fully equipped for complete opthalmic consultations, diagnostics, and to provide ophthalmic surgical care to pets in need. Our veterinarians adhere to the highest standard of care for all surgical procedures. Our doctors place the uppermost priority on pain management to ensure that your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the entire surgical procedure (pre-peri, and post operation).

What does recovery look like for eye surgeries? 

Depending on the procedure performed and each pet’s specific needs, post-surgical care instructions may vary. However, there are some common things you will see as part of our eye surgery recovery care routine, which include medication, an Elizabethan collar, and possible bandages.

We ensure that pet-safe medications for pain management and inflammation are shared with you as well as detailed instructions and tips from our veterinarians and technicians on how to administer them. We also give Elizabethan collars, along with bandages over the eye when necessary. The collar helps prevent your pet from scratching or rubbing the eye areas and prevents them from risking removing surgical sutures. Aside from this care, the most important ingredient towards your pet’s swift recovery will be rest.

Ophthalmology & Ocular Surgeries We Offer

Here at CAH, we perform a variety of ophthalmology and ocular surgeries to help treat injuries and diseases in cats and dogs. Our highly trained team ensures your pet receives the attentive care they deserve.

Entropion & Ectropion Eye Surgery

Surgical procedures to treat conditions in which the pet’s eyelids roll inward towards the eye (entropion) or outward away from the eye (ectropion). These surgeries prevent pain and irritation the pet would otherwise experience daily.

Corneal Ulcer

Corneal ulcers are deep erosions within the eyes of pets that can further create more serious eye conditions. Surgical treatment may be required to protect existing trauma to the cornea and help layers of corneal tissues to heal.

Cherry Eye

This condition refers to the appearance of a pet’s eye whn their third eyelid gland is prolapsed. Cherry eye surgery involves suturing the prolasped gland back into it’s normal position within your pets eye. Learn More >

Enucleation (Eye Removal)

An enucleation is the surgical removal of an eye that is done for specific conditions where the eye experiences chronicle pain that impedes regular visual function.

Eyelid Mass Removal

Eyelid tumors are very commonly experienced by pets and fortunately are most likely to be benign. This surgical treatment includes surgical excision or removal of such masses.


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