Department of Ophthalmology
If your pet requires the care of a veterinary ophthalmologist, we know this can be a stressful time for both of you. By choosing Saint Francis, you can have confidence your pet is receiving expert care from our staff of dedicated and compassionate medical professionals.
Why choose Saint Francis?
- Only Ophthalmology service in South Jersey accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), earning a 95% in ophthalmology patient services in our most recent AAHA evaluation.
- Department is led by renowned Ophthalmologist Dr. Robert Peiffer, DVM, PhD, DACVO, who is the recipient of the Career Achievement Award by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and the Veterinarian of the Year award by the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Peiffer is Past President of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, and he has published more than 200 peer-reviewed works including 4 text books. Learn more about Dr. Peiffer, Chief of Ophthalmology >
- Advanced capabilities for cataracts, glaucoma and other significant conditions.
- Our staff handles all coordination with your family veterinarian throughout your pet’s care at Saint Francis.
- Orbital and ocular ultrasonography including high-frequency ultrasound of the anterior segment
- Phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation for cataracts
- Intraorbital and intraocular prosthetics
- Endocyclophotocoagulation, cyclocryoablation, and gonioimplantation for glaucoma
- Cryo- and pneumatic retinopexy
- Laser surgery for glaucoma
- Laser surgery for intraocular melanomas
- Laser retinopexy
- Cataract removal
- Luxated lens removal
- Conjunctival flaps
- Corneal grafts
- Reconstructive eyelid surgery and tumor resection
- Medial canthoplasty
- Distichia cryoepilation
- Etopic cilia excision
- Intraocular prosthesis placement
- Orbital surgery
- Parotid duct transposition
- Entropion/cherry eye
- Schirmer tear test
- Fluorescein stain
- Intraocular pressure measurement
- Slit lamp biomicroscopy
- CERF exams
Nurses & Staff
What is Veterinary Ophthalmology?
Veterinary Ophthalmology is a specialization of veterinary medicine that addresses eye health, eye disease, and vision in animals. A veterinary ophthalmologist – an eye doctor for pets – is involved in all phases of animal eye care, working with general practice veterinarians and other veterinary specialists to help diagnose and treat animal eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, vision loss, eye infections, eye cancers, corneal ulcers, dry eye problems, eyelid abnormalities, diseases of the retina, and genetic eye problems. Treatment options and recommendations are made to help return your pet’s health and improve their quality of life.