Important to determine if your animal is having eye problems
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Animals like humans can have a variety of health issues, including eye problems. Veterinary doctor Doris Wu is a specialist offering ophthalmology services to patients at VCA Hawaii. She says pets should be routinely checking for eye problems, “by their primary vets. They function like a person’s PCP and if they feel the eyes need further evaluation, they will then refer to an ophthalmologist.”
When you take your pet to a veterinary ophthalmologist the doctor will do a complete eye examination, similar to when humans visit their eye doctor. The majority of the time an ophthalmologist is able to reach a diagnosis at the time of appointment to decide on the treatment plan whether medical or surgical.
What can an ophthalmologist see or do that a regular vet cannot? “Just like human eye doctors, we have specialized equipment so we are able to examine each part of the eye in detail as well as perform certain tests and surgery,” said Wu. “We have a lot of advanced equipment that requires specialized training to use and so vet ophthalmologists undergo a minimum of 3 years of training dedicated to training on all aspects of eye conditions for different species.”
Dogs can get cataracts that can lead to blindness. The most common cause of cataracts are either hereditary from having diabetes. “Just like people, surgical removal is an option,” said Wu, “and it is one of the most rewarding surgeries that I do as the patient is visual as soon as they wake up from the surgery.”
About Dr. Doris Wu:
Dr. Doris Wu was born in Hong Kong and grew up in the United Kingdom. She went to Veterinary school in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the UK. Dr. Wu moved to Hawaii in 2006 where she worked as a general practitioner at VCA Kaneohe Animal Hospital then VCA Kapolei Animal for 7 years.
With an ongoing passion for eyes, Doris pursued a small animal rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City followed by a Comparative Ophthalmology residency at Colorado State University (CSU). After becoming a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, she stayed on with the CSU Ophthalmology service as faculty and clinical instructor before moving back to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she is currently the Ophthalmologist at VCA Family and Oahu Specialty Center.
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