Tools of the Pet Eye Care Trade
Our facility utilizes a number of pieces of eye care equipment used to diagnose and treat your pet. The tools include:
- Ophthalmoscope—Used for examining the retina and vitreous humor.
- Applanation tonometer (TonoPen)—Used for determining the amount of fluid pressure in the eye (intraocular pressure). This helps us to diagnose glaucoma and other ocular diseases.
Why Pet Eye Care Is Important
We may think of our pets as mostly reliant on their keen sense of smell, but their ocular health majorly impacts their quality of life. That’s why eye exams are part of any regular checkup at Clinton Veterinary Hospital.
Dogs and cats can experience a variety of eye disease and eye injuries over the course of a lifetime. Here are some conditions you should let us help you with:
- Cataract: An opaque blockage on the lens of the eye that causes impaired vision and sometimes blindness.
- Cherry Eye: An enlarged tear gland forming a mass on the eye.
- Conjunctivitis: Red and swollen eyes, often with discharge.
- Corneal Ulcers: An erosion or open sore in the outer layer of the cornea.
- Dry Eye: Diminished tear production causing inflammation, squinting, and sometimes discharge.
- Epiphora: An overflowing of tear production that creates stains on the facial fur.
- Ectropion: An outward turning of the upper eyelid that causes the lower lid to droop.
- Entropion: A rolling in of the eyelid causing discharge and tearing.
- Glaucoma: Cloudiness in the eye and enlargement of the eye due to an increased pressure in the eyeball.
- Progressive Renal Atrophy: Blindness caused by a deteriorating retina.
- Uveitis: A swelling and irritation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye, which supplies blood to the retina.
Contact us today for a regular checkup or even a specific examination of your pet’s eyes. Let’s look out for your pet’s optimal quality of life, together!