Ocular Services @ LifeCare Pet Hospital

  • Complete eye examination and diagnosis
  • Treatment planning which may be medical or surgical depending on the condition.
  • Surgical equipment includes an operating microscope, and very fine surgical instruments and sutures which allow optimal tissue apposition and minimizes scarring.
  • Medical and surgical treatments for eyelid conditions and tumors, entropion, cherry eye, corneal ulcers and microsurgery, dry eye, and more are offered. Lens/cataract surgery is not available.
  • Intrascleral prosthetics are available for some cases that require eye removal.

Eye Examination

Your pet’s eye examination will be similar to that performed on a person. However for a full and accurate examination, a dark area will always be needed for assessment of the eyes.

Some of the tests that may be performed during your pet’s assessment include:

Schirmer tear test

A special sterile soft paper strip is placed into the eye to measure the watery tear production over a 60 second period.

Fluorescein stain

This is yellow / green stain used for examining the surface of the eye – the stain attaches to scratches and ulcers on the corneal surface allowing evaluation of the size, severity and progression of the injury. It may also be used to assess the normal tear flow out of the eyes into the nose / mouth.

Rose Bengal stain

This is another examining stain, which attaches to areas of more subtle damage to cornea and conjunctiva.


Or slit lamp biomicroscopy is a valuable examining instrument for highly magnified assessment of the front part of the eye (cornea, iris and lens) and eyelids.


This is the measurement of the pressure inside the eye and is measured with a “Tonometer”. A high pressure indicates glaucoma, a low pressure may indicate inflammation within the eye.


This is the visualization and assessment of the back of the eye (the retina / fundus) using an ophthalmoscope.


Superficial Corneal Ulcer
Deep Corneal Ulcer
Contact Lens Placement for Corneal Ulcer
Pannus Before Treatment
Pannus After Treatment
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