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The initial examination involves a complete ophthalmic exam of both eyes, it includes the following diagnostics: Slit lamp biomicroscopy, indirect ophthalmoscopy, tonometry, schirmer tear test and fluorescein stain. The initial exam fee does not include medications or additional diagnostic tests that may be recommended such as gonioscopy, blood pressure, cytology (in house or send out to lab), blood work, streak retinoscopy, etc. The initial examination is meant to establish a base line of the normal eye and to determine if the eye is predisposed to developing any complications in addition to diagnosing the affected eye.
If additional diagnostics are recommended an estimate will be provided.
The recheck examination does not include diagnostic tests. Any diagnostic tests such as tonometry, schirmer tear test, corneal stains, etc. that are performed will be charged in addition to the recheck fee.
Cataract Surgery Evaluation
All cataract patients must have an initial exam to determine if they are a potential candidate for surgery. If the client wants to pursue surgery, additional diagnostic tests will need to be performed to assess retinal function and determine if a good candidate for phacoemulsification.
Electroretinogram (ERG) - evaluates retinal function, performed with light sedation.
Ultrasound - rule out any retinal elevation and/or detachment, hemorrhages, or other posterior segment disorders.
If the ERG and ultrasound are normal the patient is considered a candidate for surgery. Once surgery is scheduled, pre-op medications will be dispensed.
A written estimate for surgery will be provided and will include a surgical range to show the potential supplies that may or may not be needed. Estimates are an approximation, however, we do our best to make sure the surgical fee is within the written estimate but occasional unforeseen issues may arise.
The initial evaluation and pre-surgical diagnostic testing may be done in the same day if scheduled in advance. We cannot do surgery the same day as the examination and diagnostic testing due to the amount of time required.
It is recommended that current blood work within 3 months be done prior to surgery. Blood work can be done with your veterinarian or here the day of surgery.
OFA Eye Certification Exam (CAER)
The Eye Certification exam consists of indirect ophthalmoscopy and slit lamp biomicroscopy. It is not a comprehensive ocular health examination, but rather an eye screening exam.
**Please bring your registration paperwork, permanent ID (microchip/tattoo #) to the appointment.
The purpose of the OFA Companion Animal Eye Registry (CAER) is to provide breeders with information regarding canine eye diseases so that they may make informed breeding decisions in an effort to produce healthier dogs.
Eye Certification exams do not entail measuring tear production, staining the eyes for the presence of corneal ulcers, or measuring intraocular pressures. Gonioscopy, tonometry, Schirmer tear test, electroretinography, and ultrasonography are not routinely performed; thus, dogs with goniodysgenesis, glaucoma, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, early lens luxation/subluxation or some early cases of progressive retinal atrophy might not be detected without further testing.
If a serious ocular health problem (such as glaucoma) is suspected during the Eye Certification Exam, the examiner will recommend a more comprehensive ocular examination. The diagnoses obtained during an OFA Companion Animal Eye Registry exam refer only to the observable phenotype (clinical appearance) of an animal. Thus, it is possible for a clinically normal animal to be a carrier (abnormal genotype) of genetic abnormalities.
For more information on canine eye certification: https://www.ofa.org/diseases/eye-certification
*Deposit required when scheduling Eye Certification Exams:
AEC now requires a deposit for OFA exams. A non-refundable deposit of $25.00 for each canine scheduled is required at the time of scheduling the appointment. The deposit will be applied to the OFA exam fee but will be forfeited if you do not show or do not call to cancel in advance. Cancellations will be accepted up to 2pm the business day prior to your appointment. Monday appointments must cancel by 2pm Thursday.
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