Preparing for Your Pet’s Visit with the Ophthalmologist

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What to Expect - Frequently Asked Questions

An animal eye specialist is a veterinarian first, having completed four years of undergraduate education and four years of veterinary school to earn their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. They then go on to complete 4–5 additional years of training, three of which are solely focused on the medical and surgical treatment of animal eyes and ocular health. After completion of this process (internship and residency), they must then pass a series of written and surgical examinations testing their proficiency and skill to become a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist and earn the distinction of a specialist. Through this training, combined with the advanced technologies we use here at Blink, we are able to get the best possible results in the shortest possible time to preserve vision and restore comfort for your pets.

We work closely with primary care veterinarians every day to help them care for their patients’ eyes. Just like in human medicine, some eye conditions require a specialist. If your pet has an eye problem that is not improving, or they are at risk of losing an eye or vision, your veterinarian will recommend referral to an eye specialist. That’s where we come in.

You can expect to be welcomed by a professional team member in a convenient and quiet location that is geared towards keeping your pet’s stress and anxiety to a minimum. You can also expect to walk away from your visit fully understanding the problem your pet is facing, and fully understanding all of the options for treatment. You will never leave uncertain of the plan as we help guide you through the options.

Absolutely! We restore vision for animals that have gone blind or are starting to lose their sight due to cataracts every day. There are a few blinding conditions that cannot be reversed, but during your consultation the cause of vision loss will be determined, and treatment options outlined for you.

Just like us humans, animals can develop cataracts too. Sometimes they happen due to age or genetics, other times due to trauma. The most common cause of cataracts in dogs is diabetes. About 80% of dogs will develop cataracts within a year of their diagnosis, and most within the first five months. Without therapy, secondary complications from cataracts can be painful due to inflammation within the eye. Additionally, a rise in pressure inside the eye often develops, which is glaucoma. The only treatment for cataracts is cataract surgery.

Your initial consultation is with a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist whose only goal during that visit is to determine if restoring vision can be accomplished for your pet. The exam will focus on determining the stage of the cataracts, assessing the risks of treatment, and helping decide if surgery is the best option. 

During this visit, we perform a few diagnostic tests that give us a definitive answer whether surgery is a viable option for restoring vision. These diagnostics include an electroretinogram (ERG), similar to an electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG), as well as an ocular ultrasound. The ERG allows our team to evaluate the strength of the signal that the retina sends to the brain, while the ocular ultrasound looks for any anatomic variations inside each eye that would create challenges for surgery. This test also allows the Blink specialists to choose the most appropriate artificial lens to use after removing the cataract.   

That same day! While vision will continue to improve for the first two weeks, your pet’s vision will be restored right away. 

All of us have fluid that fills the inside of our eyes, creating pressure which keeps the eye round. This fluid inside the eye is constantly cycling through the eye, leaving through small drains back into our systemic circulation. Glaucoma in our pets is when the drains get clogged, and the pressure climbs. This increased pressure damages the retina and optic nerve, leading to permanent vision loss if not addressed immediately. Just like in people, there is no true cure for glaucoma. At Blink, we are often able to successfully implement a combination of medical and surgical treatments aimed at slowing the progression of this disease in an effort to maintain vision and comfort.

If only they could tell us! Here are several signs to look for that would indicate your pet may have an eye problem:

  • Cloudiness to the eye(s)
  • Increased redness or swelling to the eye(s)
  • Increased green or yellow discharge around the eye(s)
  • Squinting or holding the eye(s) closed
  • Pawing at the eye(s)
  • Decreased vision in general or bumping into objects

Please bring a list of all your pet’s current medications and a leash or carrier for your pet.

Any signs that your pet is in pain or is experiencing vision loss would be considered an emergency. Likewise, if your veterinarian ever mentions that we may have to remove the eye, or if you hear concerns an eye may rupture or has ruptured, these are all signs of an ocular emergency. 

Yes – for any drop off visits where you are unable to stay for the exam with our ophthalmology specialist, you can expect a call from our team as soon as we have the answers as to the problem. For surgery patients we will often text you updates throughout the day along with photographs, and you are always welcome to text us at any time if you would like a quick update as well.

We will also reach out to you the day after any anesthetic procedure to check on your pet, and answer any questions that might have come up overnight. 

We are open Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. However, we work closely with primary care veterinarians and several urgent care and emergency hospital teams in the area on the weekends and early evening if an emergency arises.

We want to set our patients up for successful healing and recovery. Protecting the delicate surgery site is imperative during the post-operative period, so we try to only have the pet wear a cone if absolutely necessary, and for as short a time period as possible. Many of our patients are good candidates for an OptiVizor, which provides the same protection without the cumbersome footprint of a traditional E-collar/cone. We will help you determine which is the best solution for your pet.

Many of the eye drops our team uses to help with pets’ eyes are the same medications you might use. However, if Dr. Nettune’s brother who is an MD Eye Surgeon here in Dallas—specifically a cataract surgeon and corneal transplant specialist—got wind of us giving the green light on sharing a bottle, we may not hear the end of it. In short, it is not recommended.

We accept Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and CareCredit, a third party financing option for those who qualify. We do not accept ScratchPay. We are not able to accept personal checks.

“Is my pet in pain?” – There are many eye problems that are painful, similar to what we all can experience with our own eyes. The treatment plan we make will always focus on comfort, and we won’t let you leave worried about your pet’s eye pain. 

“When can you do surgery to fix this?” – Before you leave, we will look at a calendar together to pick a time that works best for you. 

“Will they have to stay overnight?” – No, we have always found that after any eye surgery or procedure our pets recover best at home where they are most relaxed. If for any reason we are worried about the health of your pet we will work closely with you and the 24-hour veterinary hospital teams in the area to decide in the rare case if overnight care is recommended. 

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