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Veterinary Ophthalmology

Pets may suffer from degenerative eye conditions, diseases, injuries, and other issues that may prove difficult for primary care vets to correctly diagnose. Our veterinary ophthalmologists are board-certified animal eye doctors who are equipped with the knowledge and tools to diagnose and treat eye problems that other veterinarians may miss. If you have been referred to us, or if you believe your pet has vision problems, book an appointment to see one of our specialists.

What do Veterinary Ophthalmologists treat?

Just like humans, animals are susceptible to eye diseases, vision problems, and degenerative conditions. Ophthalmologists specialize in diagnosing and treating the following:

  • Ulcers: Corneal ulcers are sores that can occur on the eye, due to injury, bacterial, fungal, or viral infection. These can be treated either with medication, surgery, or a combination of the two.

  • Cataracts: Common in older animals, this condition can be corrected by laser eye surgery. This procedure is safe and similar to laser eye surgery that is performed commonly on people.

  • Glaucoma: Some pets with glaucoma may be able to receive effective treatment from an ophthalmologist. Depending on the severity, it is possible to improve or correct this condition and your pet’s quality of life.

  • Injury: Eye injuries can be harmful to animals, and any pet who has suffered an eye injury should see a veterinary ophthalmologist as soon as possible. Left untreated, these injuries can cause vision issues and be uncomfortable for your pet. Surgery or removal of the eye may be required, your ophthalmologist can perform these procedures and provide aftercare if necessary.

Tests and Procedures Offered

At Fresno Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center, we provide a range of tests and services to best care for your pet’s individual needs. Our eye specialty team may utilize some of the procedures below to diagnose and treat your pet’s condition.

  • Eye exams: Animal Ophthalmologists are practiced in administering eye exams to dogs, cats, exotic pets, and reptiles in order to quickly and accurately diagnose diseases or irregularities in the ocular system.

  • Medication: Our hospital can prescribe, administer, and fill medication to help your pet fight eye infections, ulcers, or other problems.

  • Surgery: Depending on the severity of the problem, our ophthalmologist can perform surgery or work with a veterinary surgeon to treat injuries, cataracts, and other conditions.

  • References: If our animal eye veterinarian finds an underlying condition causing vision problems, they can refer your pet to the proper specialist to make sure they get the treatment they need.


Once you have consulted with your primary care veterinarian and they have referred your pet to our Ophthalmologist, you can call Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm to schedule an appointment. If our coordinator is unavailable at those times, you may be asked to leave your name and phone number so we can schedule an appointment for you when they are available.

For the safety of all hospital patients, all dogs and cats must be leashed, crated or carried at all times. Retractable leashes must be locked at all times.

Appointments and consultations are approximately 60 minutes, depending on the severity of the case. Our internist will review the medical record and speak to you about the ongoing issues.

All clients are presented with proposed treatment plans for medical care for their pet. After examination by our doctor, a treatment plan will be generated based on the medical needs of the pet. A pre-payment of the high end of the treatment plan is required for treatment. If you have any questions about your animal’s eye health or what we can do for you, call us at (559) 451-0800 or contact us below.

Our Ophthalmologist

Cindy Mar, DVM, DACVO


Cindy Mar, DVM, DACVO