Posted by: juliegriffey | April 10, 2011

Taking care of pets’ eyes

A few weeks ago at Vision Expo, I met my first veterinary ophthalmologist. Not being a pet person, I had never considered such a position.  But if your pet has an eye problem, who else would you go see? Dogs, cats and other animals have eye conditions that are unique and these specialists are trained to take care of them.

Becoming a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist requires quite a bit of training: “veterinary school, a one year internship in either small or large animal medicine and surgery, then a 3 year approved residency in veterinary ophthalmology.” (

Apparently there are not too many veterinary ophthalmologists in the U.S. Our veterinary ophthalmology friend estimated 250.  So, if your pet had a serious eye problem, you might have to travel a significant distance to see one.

One interesting bit of information I learned from this interaction was that veterinary ophthalmology technology lags behind human ophthalmology. Pets are given older drugs and undergo older types of procedures.  It seems that in this world, testing is on humans and not animals.



  1. It’s nice to know some of these professionals exist. My sister had a cat whose life was saved by a vet specialist.

    Saving sight would definately be beneficial to both owners and pets. Hats off to these dedicated few!

  2. Yo quiero “eye care”!
    This is really interesting & I 2nd Cindy’s sentiments. Yea for animal eye docs! Good post, Julie.

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