Like humans, animals can experience a range of eye diseases that cause pain or discomfort—some of which can have a major impact on their lives. Fortunately, continued advancements in both human and veterinary medicine have increased our ability to diagnose and treat many of these diseases in our pets. At Virginia Veterinary Centers, our ophthalmology team is trained in the latest therapies and treatments and are fully equipped to treat a wide range of ophthalmic disorders. From comprehensive eye exams to glaucoma testing and cataract surgical evaluations, our ophthalmologist is ready to evaluate your pet and develop a treatment plan that works for your family.
- Phacoemulsification cataract surgery
- Glaucoma surgery
- Complete blepharoplasty (eyelid plastic surgery)
- Keratoplastics (corneal surgery)
- Slit lamp biomicroscopy
- Laser and cryo surgery
- Canine Animal Eye Registry (CAER) examinations
Canine Animal Eye Registry (CAER) Examinations:
The Companion Animal Eye Registry (CAER) is a division of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). CAER was developed to help track inherited eye diseases in dogs and help breeders make informed breeding decisions to improve the health of their dogs. CAER exams are performed by board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists. Owners submit their dog’s data to receive a certification number that verifies the dog has been screened, and re-examination is recommended annually. All data is submitted by examining ophthalmologists to help track trends within breeds and identify new eye diseases.
The exam is performed after eye drops are administered to dilate the pupils. Some breeds also have a pre-dilation exam if there is concern within that breed for specific conditions. If a serious ocular health problem (such as glaucoma) is suspected, a more comprehensive exam may be recommended.
The CAER exam forms are filled out by the ophthalmologist and reviewed by the OFA. Dogs are given certification numbers or advised against breeding based on the guidelines established for that specific breed by the ACVO Genetics Committee.
OFA CAER exams are ophthalmic examinations performed by American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist (ACVO) diplomates to assess breeding dogs for observable hereditary eye disease.
Our board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Allison Fuchs, is available by appointment every Thursday for CAER examinations. Call 804.744.9800 to book your appointment today.