Ophthalmology is the medical discipline focused on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the eye, eyelids and general eye structures.

The Ophthalmology service at Saint Francis is led by renowned veterinary ophthalmologist Robert L. Peiffer, DVM, PhD, DACVO, whose clinical and research accomplishments have advanced the field in significant ways.

Ophthalmic Diagnostics

  • Computed Tomography (CT) with 3D rendering
  • Electroretinography
  • Eye Certification Registration (ECR) exams (previously CERF)*
  • Gonioscopy
  • Indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Intraocular pressure measurement
  • Ocular ultrasound
  • Slit lamp biomicroscopy

Common Eye Conditions Seen at Saint Francis

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
  • Enucleation
  • 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

Quality of care

In more than 30 years of veterinary practice, there isn’t much we haven’t seen and successfully treated. In fact, our work handling very complicated cases across many disciplines has been featured in local, regional and national news programs over the years.

On occasion, though, in order to coordinate a superior level of care that is enhanced by the wisdom, expertise and experience of additional professionals with unique capabilities, we may refer to or work with doctors and specialists at other local hospitals on particular cases.  The goal in these instances is to bring together the very best veterinary minds in the region to care for pets in need.