The Ophthalmology Service at Newtown Veterinary Specialists is headed by Dr. Shari Greenberg, our board certified ophthalmologist.

Diseases commonly treated by a veterinary ophthalmologist include:

  • Corneal ulcers
  • Feline herpesvirus
  • Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca, KCS)
  • Cataracts
  • Uveitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Prolapse of the third eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Tumors of the eye and orbit

Many ophthalmic conditions can be treated medically, however for some, surgery is indicated.

Common surgical procedures include:

  • Cataract surgery (ultrasonic phacofragmentation with intraocular lens implantation)
  • Glaucoma shunting and laser procedures
  • Eyelid/third eyelid reconstruction
  • Corneal grafts

What to expect at your first ophthalmology appointment:

Your pet will have baseline diagnostic testing performed, including a tear test, fluorescein staining to evaluate for corneal ulcers, and an intraocular pressure check. Your pet’s pupils may also be dilated. Dr. Greenberg will examine your pet’s eyes using slit lamp biomicroscopy as well as indirect ophthalmoscopy. Other common diagnostic tests that are performed, although not always the first time you come in, include electroretinography, ocular and orbital imaging via ultrasound and CT scan.

Every test performed will be explained to you, and all are very important in assessing your pet’s ocular health. Your pet’s condition will be fully explained to you, and recommendations for his or her continued care will be discussed.