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The Ophthalmology service at the NC State Veterinary Hospital provides specialty ophthalmic services for large and small animals referred by general veterinary practitioners. The entire staff helps provide a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services.
The Ophthalmology service treats eye disorders, such as:
- Dry eye
- Corneal Ulcers
- Feline Conjunctivitis (herpes virus)
- Inflammation of the eye
- Eyelid abnormalities
- Retinal diseases
Hours: The Ophthalmology service receives elective cases 9:30AM-3:30PM Monday, Tuesday and Thursday by appointment. We perform elective surgery on Wednesday and Friday.
Facility: The Terry Center
DVM Referral Form: Ophthalmology online referral form
The Small Animal and Equine Ophthalmology services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for treatment of emergency problems. To make a referral on an emergency basis, call 919.513.6659 or 919.513.6911. In non emergency cases, the patient’s primary veterinarian will call the Ophthalmology service and provide us with previous medical history and referral information.
After the referral has been made, owners may call us to make the appointment. Referring Veterinarians can also call for consults at anytime.
It is not possible for us to provide advice about patient treatment over the phone or by email; however we will gladly schedule appointments and provide the owner with some general information about the problem.
- Damian Launer, Clinical Technician
- Erin Matheson, AAS, RVT, Clinical Technician
- Melissa Hamman, AAS, RVT, Clinical Technician
- Mackenzie Stevens, Client Services Specialist
What to expect after surgery
The patient is discharged the day after surgery wearing a special collar to protect the eyes from irritation for 2 weeks. The dog’s exercise and activity need to be restricted to prevent injury to the eye. Topical medication will need to be instilled into the eye 4-5 times daily for several weeks. Reevaluation by the ophthalmology service at NCSU is required at 2-week, 6-week, 3-month, and 6-month intervals after surgery to observe the eye and attempt to correct or prevent any complications. With a successful surgery, vision is often restored immediately although this is sometimes difficult to appreciate in dogs for the first 1-2 weeks after surgery.
The primary veterinarian’s role
The dog’s regular veterinarian plays a key role in the proper maintenance of overall ocular health, and their role in the successful management of cataracts is no exception. Early detection of cataracts by the primary veterinarian, with subsequent referral to a veterinary ophthalmologist, can have a positive influence on the eventual outcome. Owners should also actively seek the advice of their veterinarian when considering cataract surgery for their pet. Surgery is not indicated in every case; however, it often restores useful vision to dogs whose sight is lost or impaired due to cataracts.