Ophthalmology - Eye Treatments for Pets

Lake Geneva Animal Hospital is well-equipped to handle most ocular emergencies and chronic eye problems.  Our ophthalmic exams include an overall evaluation of your pet’s current status and health history.  Eye problems are often severely painful and can also be a sign of other underlying systemic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, fungal infections, and kidney failure.  Our advanced laboratory testing can readily test for these diseases.  Dr. Mona Hodkiewicz and Dr. Terri Schreiner perform the majority of our ophthalmic care for dogs, cats, and other small mammals.  We work with local board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists who can provide advanced specialty care such as cataract removal surgery, luxated lens removal surgery, and severe eyelid abnormalities.  They can also provide CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation) exams to help reduce heritable ocular abnormalities in breeding animals.

Diagnostic procedures we commonly perform at Lake Geneva Animal Hospital include:

  • Tonometry (non-invasive eye pressure testing)
  • Fluorescein staining to detect corneal ulcers
  • Schirmer tear testing for dry eye
  • Corneal and conjunctival cytology and microbial evaluation
  • Retinal exams to help diagnosis detachments and underlying systemic diseases


Ophthalmic conditions we commonly diagnose and manage include:

  • Corneal ulcers, including non-complicated, infected, and non-healing
  • Glaucoma
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS or "dry eye")
  • Uveitis (inflammation inside of the eye)
  • Canine diabetic ocular complications
  • Eyelid mass removals both surgically and with cryotherapy
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Proptosis (displacement of the eye outside of the eyelids)
  • Intraocular tumor evaluation by enucleation (eye removal)
  • Prolapsed gland of the third eyelid ("cherry eye")
  • Entropion (abnormal eyelid rolling)
  • Household and environmental managment of blind and low-vision pets