Northwest Animal Eye Specialists is fully equipped to perform eye examinations and eye surgeries.
The specialized diagnostic equipment of our practice includes slit-lamp biomicroscopes, binocular indirect ophthalmoscopes, a direct ophthalmoscope, Tono-Pen® and TonoVet® tonometers, gonioscopic lenses, computerized electroretinographic (ERG) equipment, and an ocular ultrasound machine. We also have two types of instruments available to determine the indirect blood pressure of our patients either suspected as being hypertensive or for anesthesia monitoring.
Our specialized surgical equipment includes a Zeiss operating microscope, a diode endolaser unit used most commonly for glaucoma surgery but also for treatment of some types of retinal detachments and eye tumors, and a nitrous oxide cryosurgical unit for treatment of tumors and extraction of dislocated lenses. We are blessed to have our endolaser unit as it is still the minority of private ophthalmology practices that have this relatively-new equipment. Our CO2 laser allows for removal of some eyelid tumors without the need for general anesthesia. This is particularly advantageous for elderly pets. Our brand new phacoemulsification unit allows cataract removal through a small incision. Intraocular lenses are used to provide optimal vision after surgical removal of the lens. Orbital prosthetics are available for some cases that require eye removal.
We make every effort to make general anesthesia as safe as possible. Our comprehensive set of anesthetic monitors helps to achieve this goal. Our monitors consist of a pulse oximeter, electrocardiograph (ECG), end-tidal CO2 monitor, blood pressure unit, and a nerve stimulator. Only isoflurane or sevoflurane gases is used. A ventilator is available to ensure the adequacy of respirations in our anesthetized patients
We are proud of our state-of-the-art facility and are happy to take you on a tour in person if you are interested. You can also see some our our hospital in the Tour Hospital section of our website.