There are times when your family veterinarian and your pet can 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 care with Idaho's only veterinary ophthalmologist, Carrie Breaux, DVM, MVSc, a Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmogists (ACVO). This professional distinction places Dr. Breaux among an elite group of veterinary ophthalmologists 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 and a four year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Diplomates continue with a one-year internship, followed by 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 ophthalmologists are required to maintain their skills through annual continuing education.
Does your pet need a veterinary ophthalmologist?
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 ailments could benefit from treatment with a veterinary ophthalmologist:
- Eye condition is not responding to initial therapy
- Deterioration of vision
- A corneal ulcer not responding to the initial treatment or antibiotics
- Diabetes and vision complications
- If you are interested in breeding my dog and want to ensure the eyes have no inherited ocular disease
- Cataract surgery & lens implantation
- Severe eye infections
- Cosmetic alternations in lieu of eye removal
- Cryotherapy for eyelid tumors
- Eyelid mass treatment
- Corneal debridement for non-healing corneal ulcers
- Glaucoma —advanced surgical and medical management
- Tear film abnormalities
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
Family veterinarians consider veterinary specialists to serve 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 very best eye care for your animal.
Please ask your primary care veterinarian about a referral.
For WestVet new patient veterinary ophthalmology forms, click HERE.