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Phone: 919.513.6659
Fax:     919.513.6711
Hours: The Ophthalmology service receives elective cases 9:30AM-3:30PM Monday, Tuesday and Thursday by appointment. We perform elective surgery on Wednesday and Friday. We also make small animal and large animal appointments (through the VH) twice a month at our satellite clinic at the Equine Health Center in Southern Pines, NC.

The Small Animal and Equine Ophthalmology services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for treatment of emergency problems. To make a referral on an emergency basis, call 919.513.6659 or 919.513.6911. Referring Veterinarians can also call for consults at anytime.

General Information

The Terry Center

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Emergency Service

Main Number: 919.513.6500
Small Animal Emergency: 919.513.6911
Large Animal Emergency: 919.513.6630
Monday-Thursday 5PM-8AM
Friday 5PM-Monday 8AM

Open 24 hours on legal holidays.
No appointment needed.

Ophthalmology - Special Services, Technology, & Information


Distichia are abnormal cilia or eyelashes emerging from the eyelid margins where the meibomian gland openings are located.

Distichia occur most commonly in the following breeds: Cocker Spaniel, English Bulldog, Toy and Miniature Poodles, St. Bernard, Golden Retriever, Boxer, Longhaired Miniature Dachshund, Yorkshire Terrier, and Pekinese.

Distichia may be fine, soft, pliable and may be directed away from the eye. Therefore, animals with this type of distichia may have no problems and require no treatment. In other instances, distichia are coarse and rub the cornea, causing considerable irritation, and possibly corneal ulceration.

When mild irritation is associated with distichia, topical lubricant ointments or removal of the cilia may afford temporary relief. In cases where distichia are causing persistent irritation, the cilia should be removed by cryosurgery. This involves freezing the affected portion of the lid margin with a special probe to destroy the hair follicle. Cryosurgery is a very effective form of therapy for distichia. However, it does not always prevent growth of new distichia, which may occur in some patients.

What to expect after surgery

After surgery, moderate discomfort and swelling is expected. Generally, this is present over the first two to three days and then slowly resolves. Temporary depigmentation (whitening) of the eyelids is common, however, the pigment usually returns within 4 to 6 months after surgery. Cryosurgery is generally very effective for treatment of distichia, however it is not uncommon for new distichia to develop in affected animals. The procedure can be repeated if this occurs.