Seeing to our Companion Animals’ Eyes
Our advanced training in ophthalmology gives us the expertise to treat diseases of the eye, reduce or eliminate pain, and often restore vision.
You may be referred to a veterinary ophthalmologist for a variety of reasons. Whatever brings you to Baton Rouge Veterinary Specialists, we will take the time to explain our process, which may be more extensive than you have experienced before. For instance, at the initial consultation and examination, we will likely perform a variety of tests followed by diagnostics if appropriate. When we present our findings and recommendations for treatment, they will be accompanied by a detailed outline of costs. Many eye diseases are treatable with medication. For the ones requiring surgery, we have invested in top-of-the-line equipment, giving us the ability to treat nearly any condition we may be presented with.
To become a veterinary ophthalmology specialist, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmolgists (DACVO), a person must first graduate from veterinary school, attain a minimum of 12 months full-time clinical practice as a veterinarian, and complete a three-year or longer residency training program in veterinary ophthalmology under the supervision of at least one DACVO. The applicant is then permitted to take the ABVO certification examination, which occurs over multiple days and consists of multiple written and practical components. After completing all of these steps, a veterinarian is recognized as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and is board-certified in veterinary ophthalmology. As with other professional credentialing organizations, no one may use this title unless he or she has successfully completed the entire board certification process.
One of the goals of ophthalmologists is to reduce the number of eye problems that arise due to genetic abnormalities. In an effort to achieve this goal, eye screening examinations are performed on purebred dogs that are being used for breeding purposes. These are called OFA examinations, which stand for Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Annual examinations are recommended since many genetic eye problems are acquired and may not show up until middle or older age. Single dogs or litters of puppies can have OFA examinations. These are screening examinations only and are different from examinations performed to evaluate a known eye problem.
Lastly, if you are interested in either an OFA clinic and/or a lecture to your breed club, please contact us for availability. We would love to be of service. For more information on OFA exams, please visit OFA at https://www.ofa.org/