The Animal Eye Clinic of Pittsburgh was founded in September 1997 by Dr. Lawrence Bagley and was previously located in Shaler Township, PA. In June 2008, the practice moved to 807 Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township, PA, and is now the ophthalmology department of Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (PVSEC). PVSEC Ophthalmology provides your pets with quality ophthalmic medical and surgical eye care, with board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists performing all examinations and testing.
PVSEC Ophthalmology welcomes appointments on a referral-only basis. Your pet's primary care veterinarian must phone in, fax or mail a completed referral form (PDF) (Word doc) to the ophthalmology office. Referral information should include: suspected ocular condition(s) and duration of problem, recent lab or imaging (X-ray, MRI, CT) results, information about other systemic medical problems if applicable, and current medications (ophthalmic and non-ophthalmic).
The specialists in the PVSEC Ophthalmology department are specially trained to diagnose and treat disorders involving the eye and surrounding tissues.
OFA Eye Certification Registry Exams (ophthalmic screening/certifying exams for breeders, formerly known as CERF) do not require a referral. Please contact PVSEC at 412-366-3400 to schedule a OFA Eye Certification Registry Exam appointment.
Office hours are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. OFA Eye Certification Registry Exams are held from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM on Saturdays approximately every 3-4 months.
The next Saturday OFA Eye Certification Registry Exam Clinic will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Please call 412-366-3400, option 2 to schedule an appointment.
After Hours Emergencies After hours and weekend emergency situations will be handled by PVSEC's Emergency department (412-366-3400), which is located within the same building. The Emergency department is open 24-hours, 7-days a week, including all holidays. If the emergency doctor feels the ocular condition(s) merits the attention of a specialist, they will attempt to contact the PVSEC ophthalmologist on-call.
Every May, the Ophthalmologists at PVSEC participate in the National ACVO/StokesRx Service Animal Event, which provides free ophthalmic screening exams for registered service animals (law enforcement/detection animals, guide and assistance animals, etc.)
Referral Appointment Information After your veterinarian recommends a referral, we advise that you call our office to schedule a consultation and exam with one of the ophthalmologists. The doctors review every referral and recommend a time frame to guide the scheduling of the initial appointment. If your family veterinarian feels the current ocular condition cannot wait for the next available appointment, the PVSEC Ophthalmology department will see your pet on a work-in emergency basis (including an additional emergency fee). Emergency appointments are worked into the already full schedule and will be seen as promptly as possible.
Your pet's initial examination may include transillumination, slit lamp biomicroscopy, direct/indirect ophthalmoscopy, tonometry (ocular pressure readings), ocular surface staining and tear levels measurements. Additional diagnostic procedures may include electroretinography (ERG), gonioscopy, ocular ultrasonography, tear film break-up times, blood pressure measurements, neuro-ophthalmic testing, nasolacrimal duct cannulation and irrigation. Please bring all medications (eye drops, ointments, pills) with you to your pet's initial examination with the ophthalmologist to provide us with as much information as possible about your pet's condition.
Medical Treatment and Surgical Information Following your pet's examination, PVSEC will discuss medical treatment options and surgical recommendations. Medical treatments may include topical (eye drops and/or ointments), local (subconjunctival or ocular injections), or systemic (oral or injectable medications) options. Surgery may require sedation and local anesthesia (without putting the patient completely under anesthesia), or general anesthesia.
If your pet requires surgery, PVSEC will provide you with a pre-surgical cost-estimate. A pre-surgical CBC/Serum Chemistry Panel (blood test) should be performed approximately 4-7 days prior to your pet's scheduled surgery. This test can be performed by PVSEC or by your primary care veterinarian. Results from tests performed by primary care veterinarians should be faxed to PVSEC prior to surgery.
- Many ophthalmic surgeries are completed on an outpatient basis.
- Drop-off on the day of surgery is 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM.
- For non-diabetic pets, please withhold food after 8:00 PM the night before. You do not need to withhold water.
- For diabetic pets, do not feed your pet the morning of the surgery. Administer half the normal insulin dose. Please bring your pet's food and insulin to the office the day of surgery.
- Bulldogs are an exception to the rule and should not be fed after 12:00 PM (noon) the day before surgery.
OFA Eye Certification Registry Examinations are ophthalmic screening tests for purebred dogs that identify hereditary ocular diseases (i.e. corneal dystrophy, cataracts, PRA). OFA Eye Certification Registry Exams DO NOT require a referral, and are appropriate for show or field trial dogs, or in preparation for breeding. Appointments are available as part of a Saturday OFA Eye Certification Registry Exam Clinic, offered every 3-4 months from 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM, which is ideal for dogs and litters in a breeding program. Weekday OFA Eye Certification Registry Exams are also available at an increased fee. The next Saturday OFA Eye Certification Registry Exam Clinic will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center is a unique veterinary hospital. There are fewer than 30 hospitals like us in the country. Because we are open 24 hours a day and provide specialized services in addition to emergency services, our fees for the care given and procedures performed may be higher than a normal veterinary visit.
And that's why we make sure you are given an estimate during your initial visit. When you are dealing with a sick pet, the last thing you need is a surprise on your vet bill.
A deposit equal to the low end of the estimate is required for pets needing hospitalization. As we gather diagnostic information and assess response to treatment, we may find that your pet requires additional hospitalization and care. Our policy is to call the owners of all hospitalized patients once a day to inform them of the current charges. Estimates are updated when the charges start to exceed the high end of the initial estimate. We encourage you to ask questions so that you feel comfortable.
Pet owners may ask us for estimates to treat and diagnose their pet over the phone. Please understand that we are unable to give you an accurate estimate without first examining your pet at our facility. We feel that one of the most valuable services we can offer to you is the initial consultation with one of our veterinarians. The doctor will review the history with you, look over any prior medical records including laboratory work and radiographs, perform a complete physical examination and sometimes even consult with other specialists in the hospital. During the consultation we also want to determine your wishes and goals. We believe that this process is the best way to give you the most accurate information about your pets medical condition, the prognosis, options for care, and the costs associated with treatment.
Complete payment is due when your pet is discharged. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express and personal checks. If one of these payment options is not preferable, third party financing through Care Credit is available.
If you are interested in this option please visit the Care Credit Website to fill out an application. Type in our hospital name (Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center) and our phone number (412-366-3400) when it asks for your doctor's information. We accept two different plans from Care Credit so that you can make the best decision for your current financial position.