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Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology

Meet the Ophthalmology Team

Ophthalmology is the branch of veterinary medicine that is concerned with diseases and conditions that affect a pet’s ocular health and vision. This includes diagnosing and treating problems with the structures surrounding the eye such as eyelids, eye socket, and conjunctiva.

Maine Veterinary Medical Center has an experienced, board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist on staff to treat these conditions.

The most common include:

  • Cataracts
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cherry eye (prolapsed nictitating membrane)

An appointment with our ophthalmologist begins with a thorough evaluation of the affected animal’s visual system, during which a battery of standard tests will be administered. Depending on a pet’s symptoms, these include the Schirmer tear test, a fluorescein stain, and a measurement of intraocular pressure.

Ophthalmological disorders sometimes require more advanced diagnostic testing to determine the root cause of the problem. If your pet’s diagnosis is more complicated, our ophthalmologist might recommend one or a combination of the following:

  • Electroretinography (ERG) to help determine retina function for cataract surgery eligibility or to help determine if sudden blindness is due to the retina vs other causes (such as with SARDS, etc.)
  • B-scan ocular ultrasonography
  • Doppler blood pressure measurement
  • Ophthalmography of the anterior segment and fundus

In certain cases, surgery might be called for to correct the problem. Our ophthalmological specialist is trained in a wide array of procedures, including:

  • Cataract removal and intraocular lens implantation with species-specific lens size
  • Corneal transplantation for structural support
  • Conjunctival graft
  • Eyelid mass removal often with local anesthesia when the appropriate size
  • Corneoconjunctival transposition
  • Keratotomy using grid or diamond burr for superficial chronic corneal ulcerations in dogs
  • End-stage glaucoma procedures including ciliary body ablation (often with local anesthesia), intraocular prosthesis
  • Enucleation with or without placement of orbital prosthesis
  • Repair of prolapsed gland of the nictating membrane and/or scrolled/everted cartilage repair
  • Blepharoplasty and eyelid reconstruction including entropion/ectropion surgery, eyelid agenesis, euryblepharon, brow lifts, H-plasty, and Z-plasty, etc.
  • Distichia and ectopic cilia removal
  • Dermoid removal
  • Lens removal for luxations
  • Corneal laceration repair
  • Keratectomy
  • Corneoconjunctival transposition
  • Ocular tumor/mass removal
  • Cryotherapy
  • Foreign body removal
  • Evisceration with placement of an intrascleral prosthesis
  • Laser therapy for uveal melanomas, iris cysts and retinopexy
  • Parotid duct transposition for medically refractory dry eye

If you are a pet owner and suspect your pet might have a serious eye condition or if you are a veterinarian would like to refer one of your patients to our care, call (207) 885-1290 today.