Advanced Diagnostics at VEC MA

We employ the latest diagnostic testing modalities and equipment in diagnosing ophthalmologic disorders.

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Breed Specific Eye Certification (CAER) Exams

Companion Animal Eye Certification (CAER) exams are performed by board certified ophthalmologists. These exams provide important information regarding congenital and inherited ocular conditions. With this information, breeders can minimize ocular conditions in new offspring and help produce healthier animals.

Corneoconjunctival Cytology and Biopsy

Certain ocular conditions require a sample to be acquired and submitted to a lab for further evaluation. Indications for conjunctival biopsy include unknown lesions that are threatening vision or causing chronic irritation or lesions that may indicate systemic disease.

Tear Testing

Normal tear production is essential for the health of an eye. Tear testing allows us to objectively measure the amount of tears produced, in order to diagnose and manage conditions such as dry eye.

Fluorescein Staining

Fluorescein stain is used to determine the health of the cornea and tear film. It is especially useful in diagnosing corneal ulcers.


Tonometry is a test that measures the pressure within the eye. Knowing the pressure of an eye is critical for conditions such as glaucoma and uveitis.


Gonioscopy is a procedure performed to examine an eye's drainage angle. It is helpful in determining the underlying cause of glaucoma, as well determining if a normal appearing eye is at risk of developing glaucoma.

Ocular Ultrasound

Ultrasound allows us to examine the structures in and around the eye in a safe and painless manner. An ocular ultrasound is routinely performed prior to cataract surgery in order to ensure the eye is otherwise healthy. It is also useful in detecting intra-ocular tumors, lens instability, and retinal abnormalities.

Electroretinography (ERG)

An electroretinogram (ERG) measures the electrical activity of the retina, which is a useful indicator of vision. This test is performed routinely before cataract surgery and is crucial in the diagnosis of certain retinal conditions, such as SARDS.

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