Keep an eye out

By Connie Orcutt • Published: May 1st, 2015
Category: Animal Airwaves

Eye problems are painful for our pets and may end in blindness if not addressed right away. If your pet has an eye problPem, an ophthalmic exam can help your veterinarian zero in on the cause and identify the most effective solution.

Simply put, an ophthalmic exam is a complete eye inspection. It might be performed by your regular veterinarian or by a veterinary eye specialist — that is, an ophthalmologist.

Ophthalmic exams are usually painless and performed in an outpatient clinic. Depending on your buddy’s symptoms, the exam might include a dye test to look for scratches or a procedure to check tear production. In general, the most thorough testing is done when the eye has been injured or looks unusual — or if your pet is squinting or seems to have trouble seeing.

The bottom line? Keep an eye on your pet’s vision.