Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need a referral from my regular veterinarian?

Veterinary Ophthalmology Center works closely with primary care veterinarians in managing more complicated eye diseases. Many eye problems can be successfully treated by your primary care veterinarian and if more specialized attention is required they will make a referral. Although a majority of our patients will be referred, a referral is not required. If you feel your pet is in need of a specialist you may make an appointment directly with us without a referral.


My Veterinarian has told me my pet needs surgery, do I still need to make an appointment for an examination?

Yes. Dr. Fife needs to examine your pet to determine the type of surgical procedure which is most appropriate and discuss the procedure with you. We will also be able to provide an accurate estimate for the procedure.


What do I need to bring to an initial exam?

1. To reduce wait time you may submit you New Client information sheet through our website prior to your appointment date. You may also fill out the form at home and bring it with you to your appointment. If you prefer you may fill out the information once you come to the the office.

2. If you have copies of your pet’s medical records please bring them. If not we will arrange to have them sent from your veterinarian’s office. Please bring any medications you are giving your pet.

3. And remember to bring your pet!


How much will a visit cost?

The cost of a visit can vary based upon medications prescribed, additional testing or procedures. Any costs outside of the exam fee will be discussed at the time of your appointment.


What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, CareCredit, personal checks, and cash. (Unfortunately, we cannot accept American Express.) Payment is due in full upon completion of the exam.


How long will the exam take?

New patient consultations typically will take 30 minutes and recheck appointments 15 minutes. We make every effort to see all of our appointments at the time scheduled. On occasion, emergencies, more complicated appointments, or late arrivals could result in a short wait.


What are the tests performed in the exam room? What do they measure?

There are three common diagnostic tests our ophthalmologist performs in the exam room, none of which are painful:

  • Schirmer Tear Test: This test measures the amount of tears your pet’s eye is producing. A small strip of paper is placed beneath the eyelid, slightly irritating the eye and absorbing the tears that are generated in response. After one minute, we see how much of the paper strip becomes wet, measured in millimeters.

  • Intraocular Pressure (Tonometry): An instrument is used to measure the pressure inside of the eye, evaluating for glaucoma (high pressure) or uveitis (low pressure).

  • Fluorescein Stain: A dye is place into the eye which fluoresces under a blue light and will highlight damage to the surface cells and allows evaluation of the tear film.