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Kansas State University

Ophthalmology Service


General Information for Owners

When should your pet see us?

A horse having it's eye examined


The following are indications to consult with your regular veterinarian or with us.

  • Sudden change in the appearance of the eye/s.
  • Loss, or impairment, of vision
  • Excessive discharge from the eye/s.
  • Painful eye/s including squinting or rubbing.

Diseases that may be referred to us by your veterinarian:
(For more information of these diseases, visit the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology website)

  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Severe or chronic inflammation of the eyes
  • Non-healing corneal ulcers
  • Disease in the orbit
  • Deep or severely infected ulcers
  • Disease of the retina
  • Severe eye trauma
  • Tumors in and around the eye

Clinical Service

An eye exam

We are dedicated to providing the highest possible standard of care to veterinary patients with eye diseases. A member of the team is available to deal with eye emergencies 24 hours a day. Although most of our patients are dogs, cats and horses, we also treat a wide range of more exotic species.

The provision of a high standard of care in veterinary ophthalmology demands not only clinical expertise but a range of technologically advanced instrumentation, which is not available to most veterinarians.


We provide:

Referral examinations
Yearly examinations
CERF (Certified eye registry foundation) exams for purebred dogs
Consultations with other services in the hospital
Emergency service
Exams and rechecks for chronic eye problems

We are also able to provide:

  • Ocular ultrasonography
  • Electroretinography
  • MRI
  • CT

In addition to these diagnostic procedures we provide a range of surgical options for veterinary patients with eye disease including:

  • Eyelid surgery
  • Corneal surgery
  • Cataract surgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Cryo surgery
  • Glaucoma drainage implant surgery
  • Intraocular prosthetic implantation
  • Orbital surgery
  • Parotid duct transposition

What Happens During an Eye Exam?

Eye exam on a horse



Our examinations are initiated by one of our senior veterinary students. One of our board certified ophthalmologist or the resident then examine the animal to make a diagnosis and recommend treatment options.



Procedures that are carried out during an eye exam:

  • Pupillary light responses
  • Schirmer tear tests
  • Fluorescein staining
  • Tonometry
  • Indirect/Direct ophthalmoscopy
  • Slit-lamp biomicroscopy
  • Gonioscopy