Ophthalmology

Complete Ophthalmic Exams

Cats and dogs can suffer from a range of eye problems including cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, corneal ulceration, tumors, eyelid defects, inflammation, and retinal degeneration.  In fact, animal eye care is quite similar to human eye care, as most ocular problems that affect humans can also affect your pets. It is also important to know that undiagnosed or untreated eye problems in your companion can potentially lead to permanent vision impairment, and you should contact your veterinarian right away if you suspect there is an issue.

While there are some eye problems that can be easily detected by their symptoms, there are others that are more subtle. Some of the most common symptoms that could indicate an eye disease or disorder include:

  • Discharge from the eye
  • Squinting
  • Tearing or tear-stained fur
  • Rubbing or pawing at eyes
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Cloudiness
  • Redness
  • Change in eye color
  • Visible third eyelid

In addition to performing an ocular examination as part of your companion’s annual wellness assessment, the experienced veterinarians at Elk Lake Veterinary Hospital are able to diagnose and treat emergent eye conditions.