Surgical Services

What to Expect

  • We will help you schedule any needed procedures at the end of your appointment.
  • Some procedures can be performed the same day, and others may require additional time to medically prepare the eye for surgery and perform necessary pre-anesthetic laboratory and diagnostic tests.
  • Most surgical procedures are scheduled in the morning, and patients are discharged from the clinic by mid-afternoon.
  • Reducing stress and separation anxiety is especially important in visually impaired pets. We find that our patients recuperate best when they are with you and return to their home setting as soon as possible after anesthetic recovery.
  • Every animal patient is unique, and some have additional pre-existing medical conditions. Some of our patients are very young, and present with congenital or infectious eye conditions that need surgical care.  In our older patients, liver and kidney insufficiency, cardiac disease, diabetes mellitus, etc are commonplace.  To ensure our patients are safe and have optimal surgical recoveries, sedation and anesthetic protocols are tailored to each pet’s medical needs.  As this is a high priority, we maintain our patients on sevoflurane inhalant gas to provide the most rapid post operative recovery, despite the added costs of the agent.

Surgical Procedures

AVCSC offers a wide range of services to help restore vision and comfort including:

  • Cataract surgery with artificial lens implantation
  • Removal of luxated or subluxated cataracts
  • Corneal ulcer grafting and reconstruction
  • Keratectomy to remove corneal sequestrae and diseased cornea
  • Removal of ocular foreign bodies
  • Glaucoma surgery, including laser cyclophotoablation and cyclocryotherapy
  • Laser retinopexy for retinal detachment
  • Removal of abnormal eye lashes (distichia, ectopic cilia)
  • Eyelid and ocular tumor removal, including cryotherapy and diode laser ablation
  • Eyelid repair and reconstruction (entropion, medial canthal closure, third eyelid cartilage defects, eyelid agenesis)
  • Prolapsed tear gland of the third eyelid repair (“cherry eye”)
  • Diamond burr debridement & keratoplasty for indolent corneal ulcers
  • Intraocular prosthesis or “false eye”