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At Your Service: Ophthalmology

Sometimes it’s a miniscule piece of foreign material or the abnormal growth of eyelashes that can be or become problematic for an animal. Other times it’s something more serious. You don’t want to gamble with your pet’s eyesight and should always seek the advice of a professional for what may be perceived to be a minor eye injury. Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine‘s Ophthalmology Service is focused on the health the eyes. Foster Hospital provides access to the most advanced diagnostic technologies, including some exclusively available in this region. If your pet is not responding to a particular treatment or for eye problems that are more complex, your primary care veterinarian may want to seek the expert advice of an eye specialist, OR you may contact us directly.

The Ophthalmology Service at Foster Hospital for Small Animals is dedicated to providing medical and surgical management related to injuries and diseases of the eye, both for scheduled and emergency situations. We recognize that your primary care veterinarian can identify and treat most routine eye problems; however, there are more serious situations where you may want to seek the advice of a veterinary eye specialist. Our board-certified ophthalmologists may be able to treat an eye injury, diagnose an obscure or developing eye ailment and even help preserve or restore vision.

The Ophthalmology Service offers among the most advanced and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment practices in New England — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our board-certified ophthalmologists provide a full range of diagnostic and surgical services, from routine eye exams to specialized surgery, including laceration repair to corneal grafting to cataract removal. The majority of our cases are dogs and cats and we also treat some exotics and horses.

Our ophthalmology team works closely with its peers in anesthesia, pain management and other specialty areas, providing a full continuum of coordinated care for your pet.

Specialized Services
All patients receive a complete examination of their eyes and, in many cases, require specialized diagnostic testing procedures. Our ophthalmology clinic is fully equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including low and high resolution ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Electroretinography (ERG), and Computed tomography (CT). Tufts is also proud to provide access to advanced diagnostic technologies that are not readily available in this region. These include:

  • Optical coherence temography (OCT), which is helpful in diagnosing corneal and retinal problems; and
  • Fluorescein angiography, which provides insight into the circulatory system of the eye through the use of a camera, allowing early detection of retinal disease

As New England’s only veterinary school, we also have clinical research studies under way that offer your pets access to innovative treatments not available elsewhere.

Common Eye Conditions & Surgical Procedures
Foster Hospital for Small Animals Ophthalmology Service sees a number of common conditions including, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal degeneration, and corneal ulcerations. The staff is experienced in the treatment of these conditions and more, including but not limited to the following surgical and/or therapeutic procedures:

  • Numerous eyelid procedures, including laceration repair and eyelid mass removal
  • Replacement of prolapsed glands and scrolled cartilage involving the third eyelid
  • Conjunctival grafts
  • Corneal transplants and corneal laceration repair
  • Cryotherapy for removal of distichia
  • Cataract removal surgery – phacoemulsification
  • Diode laser therapy, allowing non-invasive treatment of cysts and/or intraocular masses
  • Glaucoma management
  • Cyclosporine implants for the control of equine recurrent uveitis

What You Can Expect
Upon referral, our clinical liaison team will facilitate care, schedule appointments and serve as the contact point between Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine‘s clinical specialty departments, referring veterinarians and pet owners. Their commitment to keeping the lines of communication open ensure that your pet receives the highest standard of care.

Throughout our evaluation process, we will maintain an open line of communication with you and, if appropriate, your primary care veterinarian, where we provide clear and complete explanations of the diagnostic testing results, treatment options and the cost so that you can make the most informed decisions. As the only veterinary teaching hospital in New England, we are committed to training the veterinarians and animal care specialists of the future. You’ll find that students, interns and residents are integral members of the ophthalmology team, learning in a supervised environment to further their understanding of ocular problems.

Contacting Us
We are here to meet all of your ophthalmology needs.