Pet Eye Surgery From Our Experts at Fullerton Animal Hospital
While it isn't possible to get your dog to read an eye chart, there are times when it's important for the vet to give some special attention to your pet's eyes. At Fullerton Animal Hospital, we treat patients with a wide variety of eye problems, some of which require surgical treatment. Our veterinary team is experienced in caring for many types of optical problems, and we have the ability to call in specialists in veterinary ophthalmology, if necessary.
Baltimore Veterinarian Talks Pet Eye Surgery
Pet eye surgery can range from procedures to save their eyesight to methods of preventing pain and irritation. Our Baltimore veterinarian can perform or consult on any number of pet eye surgery cases. Some of the most common are:
- Eye lens replacements. Dogs of any age can develop cataracts, especially those that are already suffering from diabetes. This is more common in dogs, not so much in cats, and can happen in either eye or both. Much like with human cataract surgery, the affected lens is removed and an artificial lens put in to replace it. Patients can often recover up to 90 percent of their eyesight after this procedure.
- Eyelid tumor surgery. It's common for older dogs to develop tumors on their eyelids. While they're not dangerous, these tumors can rub on the eyeball and cause redness, pain, and irritation. The good news about this type of surgery is that we can often do the procedure with a sedative and local anesthetic instead of using general anesthesia.
- Contact lenses. Unlike for humans, contact lenses for dogs and cats don't often correct vision. They're made to cover eyeballs that have corneal ulcers, or open sores, in the eye. These lenses keep the eyelid from touching the eye and can hold antibiotic eye drops against the surface of the eye.
- Eye prosthetics. In the most serious cases, when pets lose their sight they may have to have their eyeballs removed, mostly in cases where leaving them would cause chronic pain. Once the eyeball has been removed. an artificial eye can be implanted, giving the animal a more comfortable, natural look.
- Eyelash removal. Some breeds are known to have longer eyelashes than others. Pets with longer, stiffer eyelashes can suffer from constant irritation, especially if the lashes grow around toward the eye. Our veterinarian can freeze individual hair follicles with liquid nitrogen, then remove the bothersome lash.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Baltimore Veterinarian
Do you have questions about your pet's eyesight? Our professional veterinary team is happy to help with any questions you may have. Call our Baltimore veterinarian at 410-665-6996 today and we'll make an appointment that fits in with your busy lifestyle.