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  • Dark Mass Inside the Left Eye
    A 9-year-old castrated male Labrador presented for evaluation of a dark mass inside the left eye. The owners noticed the mass recently. The dog had showed no sign of discomfort nor visual deficits and he was otherwise healthy. Multiple distinct dark brown, smooth spherical structures were visible in the ventral ... read more
  • Clinical Case Challenge: More than Blepharospasm OS
    HISTORY: A 21-year-old Standardbred mare presented for a three- week history of discharge and blepharospasm OS. Previous treatment included topical triple antibiotic ointment and systemic minocycline with no improvement. The mare was previously healthy with no history of ocular issues. There was no history of trauma to the eye. The ... read more
  • National Service Animal Eye Exam Event
    The ophthalmology service at the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center is excited to participate in this year’s ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event. ... read more
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Blepharospasm of the Right Eye
    History An 8-year-old spayed female Boxer was presented for a 3-week history of blepharospasm in the right eye. Her primary care veterinarian had initially diagnosed a corneal ulcer and prescribed neomycin/bacitracin/polymyxin ophthalmic ointment. The ulcer was considered healed at recheck based on lack of fluorescein stain retention. When medications were ... read more
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge – Compulsive Head-Shaking
    History An 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding was presented for evaluation of compulsive head-shaking and spooking when asked to move to his right. The referring veterinarian had attempted treatment with cyproheptadine and melatonin with no improvement in behaviors. The owner reported that the head-shaking behavior ceased in low light conditions.   Presentation ... read more
  • 30 Years on and Going Strong
    The CVT in Ophthalmology has seen it all. Over the course of three decades in veterinary medicine Tracey Elmes has had a varied and rewarding career, and, she shows no signs of slowing down. ... read more
  • Sight Savers
    Tabby undergoes corneal graft surgery on both eyes ... read more
  • Lola’s story
    Anyone familiar with the popular television show House has seen the twists and turns that a medical condition can take but for the Dutkiewicz family, the drama was real life ... read more
  • At Your Service: Ophthalmology
    Sometimes it’s a miniscule piece of foreign material or the abnormal growth of eyelashes that can be or become problematic for an animal. Other times it’s something more serious. You don’t want to gamble with your pet’s eyesight and should always seek the advice of a professional for what may ... read more
  • Routine Eye Care for Your Pets
    As a pet owner, it’s important that you establish an eye care routine to include the following: Conduct Routine Visual Inspection Set aside a particular time weekly to examine your pet’s eyes. Do so in the best of light. Healthy eyes should look clear, shiny and moist, and the area around ... read more
  • Now Seeing Eye to Eye
    Background Wandering aimlessly through the streets in a rural area north of Columbia, SC, Yogi was found very underweight and worn, with no tags. The tip of his ears were all chewed up and on examination, tested a strong positive for heartworm, for which he underwent lengthy and rigorous treatment. ... read more
  • Site Lines
    When your pet is squinting, teary or red-eyed, it’s time to see a vet ... read more