WVRC’s Vision for Wisconsin’s Pets

We Use the Most Advanced Methods to Provide Diagnosis and Treatment of All Ophthalmic Conditions

Our Ophthalmologist, Peter Accola, DVM, MS, DACVOprovides animals with much of the same medical and surgical eye care that is available for humans.

The Ophthalmology service at WVRC provides a wide range of examination/diagnostic testing, medical therapy, and general ophthalmic and advanced microsurgical procedures.  When necessary, we work closely with our other specialty services and your veterinarian to provide the most comprehensive patient care possible.  For more general information on veterinary ophthalmology, please click here.

Examination/Diagnostic Services

Schirmer Tear Testing

A test to evaluate tear production in evaluation of keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye disease).

Fluorescein and Rose Bengal Stain

Special staining procedures used to detect corneal ulcers and other occular surface abnormalities.

Corneal and Conjunctival Cytology

Microscopic examination of samples (taken in exam room with topical anesthesia) from the cornea and conjunctiva.

Tonometry

Evaluation of intraocular pressure (pressure inside the eye).

Slit Lamp Biomicroscopy

This exam allows for high magnification examination of the front of the eye, including the eyelids, sclera, conjunctiva, cornea, iris, lens and vitreous.  The retina and optic nerve can also be evaluated using special lenses.

Direct and Indirect Ophthalmoscopy

Examination of the retina (light-sensitive layer of tissue in the back of the eye) and optic nerve.

CT and MRI

Advanced imaging such as CT and MRI is used to evaluate a variety of ocular, orbital and nasolacrimal pathology.

Gonioscopy

Evaluation of the iridocorneal angle – the site of drainage of aqueous humor from the eye.

ERG (Electroretinogram)

This test is used for the diagnosis of various retinal diseases and evaluates the electrical function of the retina to light stimulus.

Ocular & Orbital Ultrasonography

Painless evaluation of the ocular and orbital structures often without need for sedation.

Dacryocystorhinography

Study which allows for evaluation of the nasolacrimal system (tear duct).

Aqueocentesis/Vitreocentesis

This procedure involves aspiration of material from the anterior chamber/vitreal cavity within the eye for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

Ocular/Adenexal Biopsy

Biopsy of ocular tissue or tissue around the eye.

Breed Certification Examinations for Purebred Dogs

Ophthalmic examinations performed to screen for a wide range of inherited eye disease.  The purpose is to provide breeders with information they can use to produce healthier dogs.

General Surgical & Advanced Microsurgical Services

Phacoemulsification & Intraocular Lens Implantation (Cataract Surgery)

Surgery is the only effective treatment for cataracts.  Phacoemulsification utilizes ultrasonic energy to emulsify (break up) the lens which is then removed from the eye.  To provide optimal post operative vision, a synthetic intraocular lens is inserted into the eye in most cases.  While complications are possible, cataract surgery is successful in restoring vision in the majority of patients.  For more general information on cataract surgery, please click here.

Blepharoplasty

Reconstructive eyelid surgery for a variety of conditions including eyelid tumors and congenital defects.

Laser Surgery

Laser surgery can be used to treat glaucaoma, ocular neoplasia and cysts, as well as to perform retinopexy (procedure to help prevent or treat a retinal tear or detachment).

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy (freezing) is the application of very low temperature (followed by thaw) to treat a variety of conditions (distichia, eyelid neoplasia, ectopic cillia).

Repair of Prolapsed Gland of Nictitating Membrane
Surgical Repair of Ocular & Adnexal Trauma
Glaucoma Surgery

A surgical procedure where damaged or diseased cornea is replaced by donated corneal tissue (or synthetic material).

Corneal Transplantation

This is a surgical procedure where a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced by donated corneal tissue (or synthetic material) in its entirety (penetrating keratoplasty) or in part (lamellar keratoplasty).

Grid Keratotomy

This is a surgical procedure that is performed on indolent, or slow healing, corneal ulcers.

Luxated Lens Removal

The surgical removal of a dislocated lens.

Keratectomy

Surgical removal of corneal tissue for a variety of corneal pathology.

Enucleation

Enucleation is the surgical removal of the eye.  This type of surgery is indicated for a variety of ocular tumors, severe ocular trauma, and in eyes that are otherwise blind and painful.

Evisceration with Intraocular Prosthesis

This is the surgical removal of the internal contents of the eye followed by placement of an intraocular prosthetic.

Surgical Treatment for Dry Eye Disease (KCS)

Parotid Duct Transposition is a treatment option for patients with KCS that is unresponsive to medical therapy. This surgery results in the redirection of the parotid salivary duct from the mouth to the eye so that the ocular surface is lubricated by saliva rather than tears.

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