Ophthalmology

Seeing to their best treatment

REACH Veterinary Ophthalmology strives to diagnose and treat ocular disorders in dogs, cats, and horses. Our Ophthalmology department works gently and compassionately with our patients in order to provide exceptional care through state-of-the-art medicine and surgery in WNC.

The ACVO (American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists) is the organization which sets the standards and qualifications for advanced training to become a Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist.

ACVO Mission: To promote excellence in veterinary ophthalmology through advanced training, certification, research, and education.

Dr. Stephanie C. Bell is a Diplomate of the ACVO. ACVO Diplomates are Board-certified specialists who are members of the ACVO. In order to become a Diplomate of the ACVO, a veterinarian must complete a rotating internship, rigorous 3 year residency training program in comparative veterinary ophthalmology and surgery, and pass the ABVO Certifying examination consisting of multiple written and practical components.

How do I know if my pet needs to see an ophthalmologist?

Your primary veterinarian may refer you to see a Board Certified Ophthalmologist for a variety of reasons and possible diseases. Signs of ocular disease can include squinting, tearing or other ocular discharge, redness, swelling, other signs of ocular discomfort, or vision changes including blindness. Some common ophthalmic diseases and treatments are listed below.

Dr. Bell sees mostly dogs, cats, and horses. She has a great interest in equine ophthalmology. Equine appointments are available at a third party location. Dr. Bell also sees exotic pets.

A Veterinary Ophthalmologist can diagnose and treat ocular problems such as:

  • Glaucoma
  • KCS/Dry Eye
  • Cataracts
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Hereditary Conditions
  • Autoimmune Eye Disease
  • Retinal Disease/PRA/SARDS
  • Orbital Disease
  • Orbital Neoplasia
  • Ocular Trauma
  • Vision Changes
  • Eyelid Tumors
  • Eyelash Abnormalities (distichiasis, trichiasis, ectopic cilia)
  • Eyelid Abnormalities (entropion, ectropion, euryblepharon eyelid agenesis, eyelid tumors)
  • Corneal Sequestrum

Some Common Services We Provide:

  • Tonometry
  • OFA Exams for Heritable Conditions
  • Electroretinogram
  • Ocular Ultrasound
  • Emergency Eye Care
  • Blepharoplasty/Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Enucleation
  • Glaucoma Therapy
  • Cryosurgery
  • Small Incision Cataract Surgery
  • Lens Luxation Surgery
  • General Ocular Surgery
  • Corneal Cytology
  • Conjunctival Grafts, Corneoscleral Transposition
  • Evisceration With Intrascleral Prosthesis

REACH is a proud member of the American
College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

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