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Just as in human medicine, there may be times when your primary care veterinarian suggests you see an eye specialist if your pet is having vision or other eye problems.

The Ophthalmology service at CUVS is led by a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist, giving you and your pet access to exceptional expertise, care, and state-of-the-art instrumentation. It part of our mission to provide the most advanced diagnostic and treatment resources for pets.

Our goal is also to ensure that we provide you the information and time to ask questions and make informed decisions. To this end, initial consultations with our ophthalmologist are 1 hour, compared with the industry standard of 15-30 minutes. And our Ophthalmology team is here to ensure that you are supported throughout your pet’s medical or surgical course.

Because eye diseases can be linked with systemic health issues, and because many of our patients have more than just ocular disease, our Ophthalmology service integrates the expertise of other specialty departments at CUVS as needed for the care of your pet. This seamless, collaborative approach is one the many features that distinguishes patient care at CUVS.

The Services We Offer

At CUVS, we offer sophisticated diagnostic resources together with a full range of medical and surgical therapies:

Diagnostic modalities:
  • Electroretinography
  • Ocular ultrasonography
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Corneoconjunctival cytology and biopsy
Treatment capabilities:
  • Cataract removal by phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation
  • Cosmetic intraocular prosthesis
  • Corrective and reconstructive eyelid procedures (entropion surgery, ectopic cilia excision)
  • Prolapsed nictitans (Cherry eye) corrective surgery
  • Cryosurgery
  • Corneal therapeutic procedures, including keratectomy (removal of part of the cornea)
  • Corneal reconstructive procedures (adhesives, grafts, transpositions, keratoplasty)
  • Gonioimplantation procedures for surgical treatment of glaucoma
  • Lens removal
  • Tumor removal
  • Enucleation
  • Eye Certification Registry (ECR) and CERF (Canine Eye Registry Foundation) examinations


The Conditions We See

We see the full spectrum of animal eye diseases, including:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Lens luxation
  • Corneal ulceration
  • Uveitis
  • Eyelid and ocular neoplasia (tumors)
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS; dry eye syndrome)
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Distichiasis, trichiasis and ectopic cilia
  • Entropion
  • Feline herpes viral disease
  • Nictitans gland prolapse ("Cherry Eye")
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
  • Retinal detachment
  • Retrobulbar abscesses, tumors and cysts

Our Specialists

The CUVS Ophthalmology Service is headed by Rachel Matusow Wynne, MS, DVM, DACVO. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology.

To make a referral or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wynne, please call 203.595.2777.

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