SL-17 Slit Lamp Biomicroscope, $4,500
The slit lamp is an instrument we use on a daily basis to examine the front portion of the eye in every patient. It is a portable device that allows us to evaluate the cornea, anterior chamber, lens, and vitreous, in addition to the eyelids and other external eye structures. We diagnose many important eye diseases, such as cataracts, with the help of the slit lamp. This is a handheld version of the instrument optometrists use to examine the eyes of their human patients. It is the most frequently used piece of equipment for our department.
Teaching headset for retinal examinations, $10,500
This item allows us to examine the retina and optic nerve of each patient in great detail while projecting the image to a TV monitor so that our students and clients may see what we do during our evaluation. We perform retinal exams on every patient as a part of the complete ophthalmic examination. This equipment will help us to educate future veterinarians on how to perform a thorough retinal exam by allowing us to demonstrate variations of normal as well as abnormalities. It will also help us to explain disease processes to our clients as we diagnose their pets with specific conditions that affect the retina or optic nerve. This is a cutting edge tool for educating students and pet owners!
Operating Microscope, $100,000
The operating microscope is a very important piece of equipment. We perform many surgeries using the scope, including cataract surgery, conjunctival grafts, keratectomies, and glaucoma surgeries. It is one of our most-used pieces of equipment.
Graduate Training for Residents, $7,000 each (currently 2 residents)
Ophthalmology residents pursue a master’s degree as part of their three year program. This requires an additional 18 hours of course work and research for each of the residents in the Ophthalmology Service.
Compassionate Care Fund, Any amount
The Compassionate Care Fund would allow us to provide treatment or perform needed surgeries on pets when an owner cannot afford the entire cost.