Our Ophthalmology Team Leaders
Daniel Dorbandt, DVM, MS, DACVO
What is a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist?
A veterinary ophthalmologist specializes in diseases that may affect your pet’s eye and their vision. In order to become a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist, a veterinarian typically will complete an internship program followed by a residency, which results in a total of 8 to 10 years of post-college medical education. After completion of an ophthalmology residency, the candidate must then pass a rigorous 3-day, 5-part examination in order to become board certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. This process is very similar to the pathway that human medical doctors take to become board certified.
Some eye conditions can often be managed by your pet’s primary care veterinarian. However, many eye diseases require the attention of an ophthalmologist for advanced medical and surgical treatment.
What to expect during an ophthalmology consultation
The initial consultation typically lasts 20-30 minutes and includes measurement of tear production, assessment for corneal ulcers, evaluation of eye pressure, and a comprehensive examination of the entire eye. After the evaluation, the ophthalmologist will discuss your pet’s condition, treatment options, and, if needed, any additional recommended testing. By the end of the business day, your primary care veterinarian will be updated in order to assure that there is continuity of care.
If a non-emergent surgical procedure is needed, it will be scheduled for a later date, and, in most instances, your pet can go home that same day.
Since unforeseen eye emergencies do occur, we are also available for emergency consultations that same day and on nights and weekends, but emergency evaluations do result in additional fees.
Fill and submit our ophthalmology referral form (Referring Veterinarians Only) here
|Our ophthalmology service provides:|
|Eye certification examinations for breeding||Tonometry|
|Aqueocentesis||Binocular indirect opthalmoscopy|
|Biopsy and ocular histopathology||Computed tomography|
|Contrast and non-contrast digital radiography||Cyclosporine implant placement|
|Dacryocystorhinography||Digital SLR ocular photography|
|Direct retinal examination||Doppler blood pressure measurement|
|Exotic animal ophthalmic examinations||Fluorescein staining|
|Fundus photography||Funduscopy (direct and indirect)|
|Ocular ultrasound (including high frequency)||Qualitative tear film assessment|
|Schirmer tear test assessment||Slit-lamp biomicroscopy|
|Cataract removal using phacoemulsification||Intraocular lens implantation|
|Globe proptosis repair||“Cherry eye” repair|
|Entropion repair||Eyelid reconstructive surgery|
|Surgical removal of eyelid tumors||Cryosurgery for eyelid tumors|
|Cryosurgery for abnormal eyelashes||Bandage contact lens|
|Diamond burr debridement||Keratoleptynsis for corneal endothelial degeneration|
|Keratectomy||Corneal sequestrum surgery|
|Corneoconjunctival transposition||Conjunctival graft|
|Corneal laceration repair||Enucleation (eye removal)|
|Intrascleral prosthesis placement in dogs||Intraocular mass removal|
|Laser therapy for ocular tumors||Luxated lens removal with prosthetic lens implant|
|Endolaser surgery for glaucoma||Gonioimplant shunt for glaucoma|
|Orbitotomy for tumor removal from behind the eye||Perforated (ruptured) globe repair|
|Parotid duct transposition||Sarcoid treatment|
|Squamous cell carcinoma treatment||Synthetic corneal grafting|