Ophthalmology Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen during my appointment?

A senior veterinary student or a registered veterinary technician will bring you to one of our exam rooms and obtain a history of your pet’s eye condition. An initial exam will be performed. The student or technician will then leave the room to talk with the clinician. The clinician will come in to continue the exam. At this time he or she will discuss the diagnosis and treatment options with you.

Can I stay with my pet during the examination?

Yes. However, some dogs actually do better when “Mom” or “Dad” is in not in the room. This can be determined at the time of the examination. Sometimes further diagnostic tests are needed. This may take up to 90 min and you may be able to leave the building if you wish and return. Or you are free to wait in our reception area.

If my pet needs to be dilated, how long will the dilation last?

Pupil dilation typically lasts 2-4 hours. It does not hurt your pet to be in the light; however some squinting may be noted.

If I bring my pet in and he or she needs surgery, could the surgery be done the same day?

Typically, non-emergency surgeries will be scheduled for a date following the evaluation appointment.

What are the most common reasons for cataracts in dogs?

Inherited cataracts in young and middle aged dogs and diabetes mellitus are the most common causes. We also see some age related cataracts in older dogs.

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