At Hope Veterinary Specialists, our ophthalmologists diagnose and treat eye conditions ranging from simple infections to cataract removal surgery.

They are assisted by a team of experienced veterinary nurses and work closely with specialists from other departments at Hope VS when your pet’s condition is not limited to the eye.

Common surgical procedures performed by our ophthalmologists include, but are not limited to:


  • Cataract extraction (via phacoemulsification)
  • Conjunctival and corneal grafts
  • Corneal transplant
  • Ectropion and entropion repair
  • Enucleation
  • Exenteration of the globe
  • Eyelid and corneal laceration repair
  • Eyelid tumor removal
  • Intraocular lens implantation
  • Keratectomy
  • Luxated lens removal
  • Medial canthoplasty
  • Nasolacrimal and eyelid cyst ablation
  • Prolapsed nictitans (“cherry eye”) corrective surgery
  • Reconstructive eyelid surgery
  • Ruptured globe repair


OFA Eye Certification examinations are also available for individual dogs or litters by appointment. For more information about OFA, visit https://www.ofa.org.

Your pet’s visit begins with a comprehensive eye examination that assesses visual responses, measures the ability to produce tears, and screens for the presence of corneal abrasions or ulcerations. Intraocular pressure is also measured to detect glaucoma and uveitis, and track trends in pressure. A microscopic evaluation of the eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea, anterior chamber, iris, and the lens is performed using slit lamp biomicroscopy, and indirect ophthalmoscopy evaluates the vitreous, retina, and optic nerve head. Depending on your pet’s condition, short-acting medications that cause pupillary dilation may be administered during an ophthalmic examination.

At the end of the appointment, the ophthalmologist will discuss your pet’s diagnosis, treatment plan, and prognosis, and any necessary prescription medications will be provided. Our knowledgeable veterinary nurses will review your pet’s detailed written discharge instructions with you, along with any instructions for scheduling future appointments.

Patients are seen by appointment Tuesday through Friday and occasionally on Saturdays, but walk-in and emergency department transfers may be seen as needed based on department availability.

For more information about how a veterinary ophthalmologist can help your pet, please visit http://www.acvo.org.

The entire staff at Hope get an A++ ( I am a teacher )! Hats off to everything you all do at HOPE!  

Donna and Chris Welch | Media, PA




To schedule an ophthalmology appointment, or to talk to an ophthalmology specialist, please call us at 610.296.2099