The Ophthalmology service at the NC State Veterinary Hospital provides specialty ophthalmic services for large and small animals referred by general veterinary practitioners. The entire staff of the Ophthalmology service helps provide a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services.
The Ophthalmology service treats eye disorders, such as dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, inflammation of the eye, tumors, eyelid abnormalities and retinal diseases. The service also performs breed certification eye examinations of purebred dogs. This annual diagnostic examination screens for inherited or congenital eye disorders so that breeding recommendations can be made.
What is a veterinary ophthalmologist?
A veterinary ophthalmologist is a board-certified specialist in the treatment of eye disorders in animals. To become eligible for board certification, a veterinarian must devote at least three additional years to specialized training in an approved residency program. The veterinarian's knowledge and skill in their specialty have been recognized and evaluated by a specialty organization sanctioned by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). For ophthalmologists, that organization is the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). A board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist will oversee all aspects of the care of every patient while at NC State.