No, we won’t ask your pet to read an eye chart!
We will, however, ask you a series of questions about your dog’s overall health and eye history, as well as his previous eye-related diagnoses, treatments, and medications. We suggest that you bring any recently used medications with you to the exam to make this easier.
Following history taking, our highly trained staff will perform two basic ophthalmic tests on your pet to begin the initial exam. These tests measure tear production and intraocular pressure (IOP). Neither test causes any significant discomfort.
Tear test: a small strip of paper is used to absorb and measure the amount of tears produced.
Then the ophthalmologist will enter the room and perform a thorough ophthalmic exam. An eye exam is completely painless and is performed with the room lights out, using specialized equipment and light sources. This includes slit-lamp biomicroscopy to look at the front portion of the eye and the external structures around it.
Additional tests are performed as needed, or planned for a later date, and you and your pet’s ophthalmologist will discuss diagnosis and treatment plans. The exam generally takes less than 30 minutes. You will leave with medications, informative handouts, and follow-up appointments as appropriate. Our doctors are expert at providing clearly understandable explanations. Feel free to ask questions before you leave.