There are times when your veterinarian and your pet will benefit from a consultation with a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist. These specialists provide expertise and equipment needed to diagnose and treat a wide variety of animal eye disease.
WestVet is proud to offer veterinary ophthalmology services with Carrie Breaux, DVM, MVSc, a Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmogists (ACVO). This professional distinction puts Dr. Breaux among an elite group of veterinary specialists in the country. In 2013, only 350 veterinary specialists had met the stringent requirements to become a diplomate of the ACVO. After completing an undergraduate degree, they successful complete a four year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, followed by a one year internship, and three years of additional specialized training in an approved ophthalmology residency program. The final step is the successful completion of rigorous written and practical examinations. In addition, veterinary specialists are required to maintain their skills through annual continuing education.
Does your pet need a specialist?
Many eye diseases are time sensitive so a prompt consultation or referral is often in your animal's best interest. According to the ACVO, the following are situations to consider:
- My animal's eye condition has not responded to initial therapy.
- My animal's vision is deteriorating.
- The corneal ulcer has not responded to the initial treatment or antibiotics.
- Diabetes generally leads to cataracts; prior to cataracts causing complete vision loss should we get a veterinary ophthalmologist to examine my animal?
- I am interested in breeding my dog and want to ensure the eyes have no inherited ocular disease.
What veterinary ophthalmology services does WestVet offer?
We are dedicated to providing the finest in veterinary ophthalmology services to our clients, their pets and referring veterinarians, including the following:
• Cataract Surgery
• Ophthalmic Ultrasound
• Electroretinograms (ERG)
• Tonometry & Gonioscopy
• Glaucoma Treatment
• Intraocular Tumor Surgery
• Corneal Ulcers and Corneal Dystrophy treatments
• Cherry Eye (prolapsed third eyelid) surgery
• Keratonconjunctivitis (dry eye) treatments
• Viral Infections: Canine distemper virus and feline herpes virus I (hpv-1) treatment
General veterinary practitioners view specialists as an extension of their own practice and a method of providing a level of ocular health care not available in general practice. Dr. Breaux will work in partnership with your family veterinarian to provide the best eye care for your animal.
Please ask your primary care veterinarian about a referral.
For the new patient Ophthalmology form, click HERE.