The LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Ophthalmology Service provides referral appointments and full-time referral emergency services for animals with eye diseases and injuries.

Details on Appointments and Examinations

Each patient presented to the Ophthalmology Service has their care overseen by a veterinary ophthalmologist. Residents, interns, and veterinary students participate in the evaluation of each animal as part of the curriculum in the School of Veterinary Medicine. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital strives to always provide the latest in veterinary patient care, diagnostics, and treatment, but patients are never enrolled in clinical trials or experiments without the request and explicit permission of the owners.

New patient examinations for dogs and cats are scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays. Large animal appointments are scheduled on Tuesdays in cooperation with the Equine Medicine and Food Animal Services. Exotic species are seen in cooperation with the Bird, Zoo, and Exotic Medicine Service. Orthopedic Foundation for Animals CAER exams are offered and are available by appointment. Emergency referrals are received as needed following direct communication from the referring veterinarian. Overnight stays may be required for surgical cases. In most cases surgeries will be scheduled based on availability following an initial appointment.

In addition to the diagnosis and medical treatment of eye diseases, the Ophthalmology Service provides advanced surgical services including eyelid surgeries, corneal reconstructive surgeries, corneal transplants, cataract and lens removal/replacement surgeries, glaucoma shunt placement, lacrimal surgeries, orbital exploratory surgeries, and eye removal.

Specialized Equipment for Specialized Eye Care

LSU is fortunate to be able to provide the most current ophthalmic care for our patients because of the availability of very specialized equipment and techniques including

  • Retinal Photography
  • Slit Lamp Photography
  • Electroretinography
  • Ocular ultrasound
  • Bausch and Lomb Stellaris Microsurgical Unit
  • Zeiss OPMI MDu Microscope
  • Retinoscopy
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Diode Laser
  • Cryotherapy
  • Endolaser

Veterinary ophthalmologists in your area can be located in the directory on the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists website. For persons outside of the US, see the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists website.