COMPLETE OPTHALMIC EXAMINATION & DIAGNOSTIC CAPABILITIES


Animal Vision Center of Virginia will utilize specialized instruments to allow for a more detailed ocular examination than what may be possible with your family veterinarian

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Our Full Examination Process

A slit-lamp biomicroscope will be used to evaluate the front portion of the eye on a microscopic level. This instrument allows for optical sectioning of the eye in a similar fashion to what is possible with histopathology, or tissue sectioning of the globe. Next, the back of the eye, or retina and optic nerve, will be evaluated using indirect ophthalmoscopy and a series of condensing lenses.

Digital anterior and posterior segment photography will be performed to allow for accurate monitoring of disease and precise demonstration of findings for the owner and family veterinarian. Animal Vision Center of Virginia is also equipped with the ability to perform specialized ophthalmic tests such as tonometry and gonioscopy for glaucoma, ocular ultrasound for evaluation of intraocular masses and orbital disease, and electroretinographic testing for retinal disease.

MEDICAL THERAPY FOR OCULAR CONDITIONS


Animal Vision Center of Virginia keeps a broad range of medications on hand to treat all of your pet’s ophthalmic problems. Our goal is to ensure your pet remains as comfortable as possible during treatment, and to aid in the healing process in any way possible.

Tropical Antibiotic Medications

For all-encompassing treatment of the full spectrum and variety of corneal ulcers.

Anti-Glaucoma Medications

For sight-preserving and comfort-maintaining therapy designed to help keep elevated eye pressure under control.

Anti-Inflammatory Medications

For treatment of inflammatory and painful eye diseases such as uveitis, and alleviation of post-surgical discomfort.

Analgesic / Pain Medications

To ensure that your pet always remains as comfortable as possible during treatment of his or her ocular condition.

SURGICAL THERAPY FOR OCULAR CONDITIONS


When medicine alone is not an option for treatment, Animal Vision Center of Virginia specializes in a wide range of surgical therapy. Combining the experience of Dr. Heather and the latest technology available, you can be sure your pet is in good hands with Animal Vision Center of Virginia.

ORTHOPEDIC FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS (OFA)
EYE EXAMINATIONS AND REGISTRATION


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Help keep all dogs healthy by registering

Animal Vision Center of Virginia is proud to be able to provide OFA Eye Certification Registry examinations to breeders of dogs. These examinations can be performed only by qualified board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist. These examinations find potential heritable eye diseases in dogs before they are passed on to future generations, helping to limit the amount of genetic eye disease in dogs, and produce healthier dogs.

Please see the OFA website for additional information.

GENETIC TESTING FOR OCULAR CONDITIONS


Timely treatment is key in providing the best animal eye care, no matter the patient. Partnering with OptiGen and other genetic laboratories, Animal Vision Center of Virginia can get the upper hand in knowing whether your dog is a carrier of specific ocular diseases.

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This knowledge can lead to better, more successful treatment Genetic eye diseases have become common among purebreed dogs. As a result, it is important to know whether your dog is a carrier for a specific ocular disease, especially if you plan to breed your dog.

Even if aren’t planning to breed your dog, knowing the diseases your dog is predisposed to can help with planning for future treatments, or taking simple preventative steps to ensure the longest, healthiest life possible. Please see the Optigen website for additional information.

FREE OCULAR EXAMS FOR SERVICE DOGS


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Hard working eyes deserve a break

Typically provided by select veterinary ophthalmologists during the month of May only, Dr. Heather, who is working towards the goal of becoming a trainer of Service Dogs herself, has elected to perform these screening examinations on qualified Service Dogs every month of the year.

Service Animals are those that have been specifically trained to perform tasks that assist people in their daily lives. These include guide, hearing assistance, drug detection, police/military, search and rescue, therapy dogs, and those assisting people with disabilities other than blindness. Please see the ACVO website to determine if your pet qualifies for this benefit, then call to speak with a team member about setting up a Service Dog screening examination.

QUICK CONSULTATION

Sometimes all you need is a quick question answered or need a second opinion to help a patient. Dr. Heather is happy to give you both.

ON-SITE CONSULTATION

We will gladly provide ophthalmic consultations for your patients at YOUR veterinary practice. Due to increased time allotments, please allow up to one week for these appointments.

PATIENT REFERRAL

We appreciate and accept any animal in need of ocular care. In our hands, your patients will receive the best diagnosis and care possible.