Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital offers comprehensive wellness eye care for our patients. Our team of doctors have years of experience with minor to severe eye cases. The tests that we conduct in-office include:
- Schirmer tear test-evaluates the tear production of each eye.
- Tonometry-evaluates the pressure within the eye.
- Corneal staining-evaluates for corneal ulcers.
Corneal disease is a common health issue with our dogs and cats today. A non-healing corneal ulcer called “Indolent Ulcer” is a painful eye condition. These patients present to our hospital squinting (pain response) and tearing. We apply a special stain called fluorescein stain to help us visualize the size of the corneal ulcer. Two-thirds of the corneal ulcers will heal quickly with routine topical medications. The other third may require multiple veterinary visits and a surgical procedure.
Most veterinarians have been performing a surgical procedure under general anesthesia on those stubborn indolent ulcers called a grid keratectomy. This procedure has helped heal most indolent ulcers, though not all. Those few patients that are not helped by this procedure are then referred to an ophthalmologist who will perform what is called a “Diamond Burr Keratectomy.” The ophthalmologist performs this procedure on most pets while they are awake. Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital offers this Diamond Burr Keratectomy procedure, which means two things will change for our patients with corneal ulcers:
1. We will no longer need to refer patients downstate for this routine procedure.
2. We will no longer need to put most of these patients under general anesthesia.
It’s a WIN-WIN for the pet and client!
Please feel free to give us a call at (231) 938-9500 if you have any questions about corneal disease or ophthalmology services offered at NMVH.