Basic non-invasive diagnostics will be performed at each consultation as necessary to obtain baseline values and assess response to therapy. These include:
- Schirmer Tear Test (STT) to measure tear production (mostly performed in dogs)
- Tonometry to measure intraocular pressure (IOP)
- Fluorescein Stain test (FS) to check for ulcers/abrasions, corneal health and tear quality
- Chromatic light testing to assess structural integrity of ocular reflexes
A thorough eye examination will be performed using various instruments. A slit lamp biomicroscope will be used to evaluate the front portion of the eye and an indirect ophthalmoscopy will view the back portion of eye including the retina. Pupillary dilation is not usually necessary.
During your appointment, the doctor will review general ocular anatomy and physiology so that you may more thoroughly understand your pet’s condition and reasons behind any recommended treatments, therapies or procedures. She will relay any thoughts about systemic concerns that may have contributed to your pet’s diagnosis, if relevant, and if there are any dietary changes or oral supplements that we believe may help.
The timeframe of our comprehensive exams appointment is 30 minutes and adequately allows for us to review your pet’s condition with you so that you can better understand our recommendations.
To learn more about the various conditions we treat, please visit Ocular Treatments and Surgeries.