Eye Exams

EYE EXAMS:

Eye health care for pets is frequently a health concern that is overlooked until it is too late. Your pet is vulnerable to many of the same eye problems that affect humans, such as cataracts, glaucoma, damage to the cornea, tumours, retinal degeneration, and dry eye.

Frequently, pet owners are unaware of the symptoms associated with potential problems related to their pet's eye health. Knowing what to look for is important. Some symptoms that may indicate it's time to see us include:

  • Pawing at the eyes and eye area
  • Watery eyes
  • Squinting
  • Discharge
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Watery eyes or excessive blinking or tearing
  • Redness

So you may ask, what is an eye exam?

An eye exam includes a thorough evaluation of the outer eye structures, including the tissues around the eyes, the eyelids, the duct where the tears drain from the eyes, and the nerves that affect the eyes. At the same time, one of our veterinarian’s will check the eye for inflammation and infection as well as for foreign bodies and unusual growths. The lens of the eye will also be examined for signs of cataracts. During an eye exam, one of our veterinarian’s may perform a number of tests. These tests can help identify any problems with the eyes or underlying diseases that may affect the eyes. The exam is generally non-invasive and painless for your pet, the kind of tests performed depend on the nature of the pet’s eye problem.