General Information

doggles_dogPatients come to Veterinary Vision from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. While many pets are referred to us by their primary care veterinarians, our services are also available to pets whose care-takers locate us on their own.  Most of our patients are dogs and cats.  However, we will also examine rabbits, birds, pocket pets, horses, and even farm animals on occasion.  We provide consultation services with local zoos and wildlife rehabilitation centers too.




When does my pet need an eye exam?
  • Signs of sharp eye pain (squinting, rubbing at the eye, increased tearing)
  • Signs of dull pain, such as seen in glaucoma, include depression, decreased exercise tolerance, and lethargy.
  • Change in appearance of the eye – cloudiness, redness, swelling, enlargement
  • Discharge from the eye, especially excessive clear tears or any yellow or green discharge
  • Changes in vision – hesitating when going down stairs, trouble finding ball, bumping into objects, hesitation in low light
  • Any of the above which occurs suddenly, seems severe, or is associated with a known injury to the eye may be an emergency.  If in doubt, call us for a daytime appointment Mon- Sat or see instructions below for reaching a doctor for an after hours emergency.
How to Contact Us

We have offices in San Francisco and San Carlos, California. The contact phone number to make an appointment in either office is 650-551-1115 (or 800-427-5367). Both offices are open during the week and on Saturdays.  Doctors and staff work in both offices and your pet’s full electronic medical record is  available from both locations.

After hours, the same phone numbers will reach our paging system.   If you believe your pet has an ophthalmic emergency which may need urgent care, call the number, listen carefully to the prompts, and leave a message with your contact information, including area code.  An on-call veterinary ophthalmologist will be paged, who will discuss your pet’s problem with you and assess whether or not your pet will need to be examined the same day or the next day by an ophthalmologist, or will benefit from prompt care through a general emergency veterinarian.