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Ophthalmology & Ocular Procedures

At our Memphis veterinary hospitals, our vets offer your pet with vision care as well as the diagnosis and treatment of eyelid and eye disorders in dogs and cats.

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What are ocular procedures for cats and dogs?

Some of the most common procedures we perform for dogs and cats at our PetVax Complete Care Centers hospitals include entropion surgery, ectropion surgery, cherry eye surgery, cataract surgery and eyelid tumor removal

We are fully equipped for complete ophthalmic examinations, diagnostics and advanced ophthalmic surgical procedures.

Ophthalmology & Ocular Procedures, Memphis Veterinarians

Symptoms of Eye Problems in Cats & Dogs

We can diagnose and treat the following symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Visible Third Eyelid
  • Obviously Enlarged Eye
  • Corneal Cloudiness
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Increased Tear Production

Common Eye Problems in Pets

Common eye problems we treat include:

  • Infections
  • Cataracts
  • Abrasions
  • Scratches
  • Drainage
  • Vision Loss
  • Corneal Ulcers
Ophthalmology & Ocular Procedures, Memphis Veterinarians

Ophthalmology FAQs

  • What are some common eye problems for senior pets?


    Sometimes a part or all of the lens of your pet's eye will develop a cloudy and opaque cataract. These block light from reaching the back of your companion's eyes and as a result can develop vision impairment or even blindness.  


    The production and drainage of fluid in the eye is precisely balanced to maintain constant, consistent pressure. When this balance is disrupted and pressure within the eye increases, it's called glaucoma.

    Some of the symptoms of glaucoma can include redness, corneal cloudiness, a visible third eyelid, dilated pupils an increase in tear products and the enlargement of the eye. 

  • What should I do if my dog/cat has something in their eye?

    Start by trying to remove the foreign object or substance by flushing your pet’s eye with saline solution. Unfortunately, this can be difficult if your pet is experiencing eye pain.

    Do not attempt to remove the object with your fingers or tweezers, as this can damage the eye.

    If you aren't able to flush the object out yourself, take your pet into your vet's office as soon as you can to avoid complications. 

  • Why should I consider cataract surgery for my dog or cat?

    Not all dogs and cats that have cataracts necessarily need cataract surgery. In fact, most don't. This is because most of the time, lens opacities in dogs and cats are very small, and don’t interfere much with vision.

    Only a veterinary ophthalmologist can determine if cataract surgery is required for a given patient. Usually, this surgery is only conducted when a cataract is quite severe and limiting what your pet can see. 

    Cataract surgery is not a life-saving surgery — it is a quality of life surgery. Restoring a blind dog or cat's vision with cataract surgery can give the animal a new lease on life.

    For a blind dog or cat to again be able to see its owner, play with toys, look out the window and actually see things is life-changing for the patient and their owner. This is especially true if the animal is elderly and also deaf or hard of hearing, and/or has dementia or cognitive issues.

  • What is cherry eye, and how is it treated?

    Dogs have three eyelids: two that are visible and third one that is usually hidden from view in the inner corner of the eye. The third eyelid contains a tear producing gland. This gland is also usually invisible, but some dogs have a congenital weakness of the ligaments that hold it in place.

    When these ligaments fail, the gland pops out of its normal location, and it looks like there is a “cherry” stuck at the inner corner of the eye.

    To treat cherry eye, a veterinarian will perform a simple surgery to attach the gland back in a more normal position.

  • My dog has Entropin (eyelids that roll inwards). What are the treatment options available to me?

    When a dog's eyelids roll inwards, hair rubs on the surface of the eye each time the dog blinks. This causes pain, and increased tear production, and will eventually damage the cornea if left untreated.

    If entropion has developed because of a condition that will eventually resolve, your vet can temporarily suture the eyelids into a more normal position. In other cases, surgery may be necessary to permanently repair abnormal eyelid anatomy.

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