What is a Veterinary Ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving the eyes and associated structures. A veterinary ophthalmologist may treat animals of any species.

In order to become a veterinary ophthalmologist specialist, an individual must fulfill all of the following:

  • be a licensed veterinarian
  • complete an ABVO-certified residency of 2-4 years in duration
  • pass a series of rigorous series of knowledge- and skill-based examinations in veterinary ophthalmology

In addition, being a member of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists requires maintenance of certification by fulfilling continuing education requirements. The ophthalmologists at Veterinary Vision have met all of these requirements and join a prestigious group of only 446 individuals who are Diplomates of the ACVO.

Highly specialized equipment is used for examination of the eyes, including slit lamp biomicroscopy (photo), indirect ophthalmoscopy, tonometry, and various other modalities. The operating room is equipped to handle the very specific needs of eye surgery. Take a tour of our San Carlos office and our San Francisco office and see a description of an eye exam.