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Our Friday hours are: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Eye Exams

You are probably reading this because your veterinarian has recommended that you have a specialist look at your pet's eyes.

When they said that, I am sure the following two thoughts quickly crossed your mind;

" There are eye specialists for pets?" (the answer is yes) and,

"How are they going to check my pet can see, because as far as I know, my pet can't read".

While it would be nice if we could display a pet specific eye chart and ask them to read each of the lines, it is only on TV and in the Movies that this works out. Plus we would need to have a lot of eye charts in different animal languages.

So in the absence of your pet talking to us about the problem, we need to look to see what is happening. This is just like how your own ophthalmologist or optometrist would examine a young child.

We can learn a lot just by looking. We use the same instruments that you will have experienced in your own eye health professional's office. The slit-lamp is like a held held microscope. This allows magnification of the front parts of the eye. This front exam (also called anterior)  includes the eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea (the clear window into the eye), the iris (coloured part inside your eye), pupil and the lens (where cataracts form).

To look at the back we use a head light with a reflective mirror (indirect ophthalmoscope) that allows us to see a virtual image of the back of the eye. Here we are looking at the reflective layer (tapetum), the retinal blood vessels and the optic nerve.

There are some differences between various species, but in general the anatomy between species is quite similar.

Eyes work on the same principles; - light enters the eye, the signals are picked up, there is a little modification and then the information is sent to the brain where it is interpreted and an image is created.

Animal Eye Clinic of Waterloo Region


20 Queen Street


ON, N0B 2C0


Phone: 519-654-2040

Fax: 519-658-5060

Email: office@myeyevet.ca


Monday: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Thursday: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Friday: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Holidays: Closed