What to Expect During Your Pet’s Eye Exam

The first thing the nurse will do is to obtain a history of your pet’s health and find out why they are seeing us today. The nurse will then complete three diagnostic tests that include a Tonometry test (a test to measure the pressure within the eye, check for glaucoma), a Schirmer Tear Test (to measure tear production, check for dry eye), and a Fluorescein Stain (stain to determine the health of the cornea, check for ulcers or sores on the surface of the eye). Don’t worry – these tests are non-invasive and generally well tolerated by patients! We use calming and supportive methods to make patients feel calm and comfortable throughout this process.

The next thing will be for the doctor to come in and complete a full eye examination. This will start with a distance exam to look at the eyes, orbit, and structures surrounding the eyes, followed by the use of a handheld slit lamp and indirect headset. The slit lamp is a movable microscope that will allow your pet’s ophthalmologist to gain a magnified, detailed view of your pet’s eyes. The indirect headset allows your pet’s ophthalmologist to look at the structures in the back part of your pet’s eyes. While the doctor is examining your pet’s eyes, your pet’s nurse will gently hold your pet under their chin – providing a chin rest and reassurance. Once the eye exam is complete, the doctor will review the findings with you.