TThe goal of the Ophthalmology Service of the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center is to provide the highest quality ophthalmic medical and surgical care for your pet. Additionally, consistent and effective communication with clients and referring veterinarians is a priority. Eye conditions may affect your pet’s vision and possibly comfort level and can require long term treatment.
A veterinary ophthalmologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the eye, eyelids, and orbit (structures behind the eye). In addition to routine ophthalmic diagnostic tests, specialized and advanced diagnostics can be performed to determine how best to treat the eye disease in both dogs and cats.
The ophthalmology service takes referrals from your primary care veterinarian, appointments initiated by concerned owners, or consultations from other specialty services within VSEC for cases that require an ophthalmic examination and diagnostics. VSEC Levittown’s Ophthalmology service is staffed Monday through Friday and the 2nd Saturday of the month by Drs. Glickstein and Reinstein. VSEC Philadelphia’s ophthalmology service is staffed Monday through Thursday and the 3rd Saturday of the month by Dr. Young. VSEC Conshohocken’s ophthalmology service is staffed Monday through Thursday and the 4th Saturday of the month by Dr. Hsu.
Drs. Reinstein, Young and Hsu are diplomats of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). To become a board-certified specialist, our doctors completed 1-year fellowships and 3-year residencies in ophthalmology and passed the rigorous 3-day board examination consisting of practical, written, and surgical parts.
Dr. Hsu is one of only a handful of ophthalmologists across the country who performs retinal reattachment surgery.
Common Eye Conditions evaluated by ophthalmologists include:
- Corneal ulcers
- Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca, KCS)
- Eyelid disorders (entropion, ectropion)
- Prolapsed 3rd eyelid gland (“cherry eye”)
- Sudden blindness
- Retinal diseases
- Tumors of the eye and orbit
- Slit lamp biomicroscopy
- Indirect ophthalmoscopy
- Tear testing
- Intraocular pressure measurement
- Ocular ultrasound (in conjunction with a VSEC Radiologist)
- Eye Certification Registration (ECR) exams (previously CERF)*
Ophthalmic Surgical Procedures:
- Phacoemulsificaiton (“small-incision” cataract surgery)*
- Diamond burr debridement for non-healing ulcers (performed during office visit)*
- “Cherry eye” surgery
- Corneal microsurgery for lacerations, deep ulcers, foreign bodies and tumors
- Entropion and ectropion eyelid surgery
- Removal of distichia and ectopic cilia
- Intrascleral prosthesis (prosthetic eye implant)*
- Eyelid reconstructive surgery
- Glaucoma surgery- scleral cutdown and cyclocryosurgery
- Orbital surgery
- Parotid salivary duct transposition (for dry eye)
- Tumor removal and facial reconstructive surgery
- Retinal reattachment surgery*
*performed only by Dr. Hsu in Conshohocken
Appointments are available at all three VSEC locations with Saturday hours available. Emergency consultations are available throughout the day, evenings, and weekends. The initial appointment lasts approximately 40 minutes. Please bring your pet’s current medications, medical records and testing results to the initial appointment.
The initial ophthalmic examination will include measurement of tear production, intraocular pressure, staining for corneal ulcers, slit lamp examination, and indirect ophthalmoscopy (examination of the retina). It is often possible to have advanced diagnostic procedures performed during the initial exam or the following day.
If surgery is necessary, this will be discussed and scheduled on an individual basis. An estimate will be provided to you along with information regarding recovery and follow-up care.
If surgery is performed, you will be contacted by the doctor after surgery and updated periodically during your pet’s stay at VSEC. A discharge appointment will be set up and all details of your pet’s post-operative care and medications will be provided in a report and discussed with you.
Your referring veterinarian will be updated on your pet’s progress and all records will be faxed to them immediately after each office visit or surgical procedure. Our staff is always available by phone to answer any questions you may have during and after your pet’s stay at VSEC.