Many eye problems can be managed by a general practice veterinarian (DVM or VMD). However, if the veterinarian believes that the patient would benefit from the skills and experience of a specialist, the patient may be referred to a veterinary ophthalmologist for additional care. Problems typically referred can include: perceived cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases, severe injuries, and cancer of the eye.
Just as with human medicine, veterinary medical specialists are becoming a valuable resource in treating your pet. Your general practice veterinarian has excellent training in veterinary medicine and acts as a family practice physician to your pet. But just as with human medicine, there are occasions when your veterinarian might want assistance or suggest a referral to a specialist to better meet your pet's needs.
Many eye diseases are time sensitive so prompt consultation or referral is often in your animal's best interest.
SPOTLIGHT: Sarah Hoy ACVO
Dr. Sarah Hoy is a native Vermonter who returned home and started Vermont Veterinary Eye Care in 2009 to offer veterinary ophthalmology services to local pet owners and referring veterinarians. She graduated from University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and completed an internship at Colorado State University in 2005. Dr. Hoy completed her comparative veterinary ophthalmology residency and Master’s degree at The Ohio State University in 2008 and became board certified in 2011.