Ophthalmology


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Common diagnostics & surgical procedures performed at PASE:

Diagnostics
- Schirmer Tear Testing

- Fluorescein Stain

- Rose Bengal Stain
- Qualitative and quantitative tear film analysis
- Tonometry
- Gonioscopy
- Corneal aesthesiometry
- Slit lamp biomicroscopy
- Fundoscopy
- Ocular ultrasound
- High frequency ocular ultrasound
- ERG (Electroretinogram)
- Pupil colorimetry
- Refractometry
- Ophthalmic cytology
- Ophthalmic culture and sensitivity
- Ophthalmic biopsy
- Infectious testing
- OFA exams


Surgical Procedures
- Cataract surgery
- Glaucoma surgery (transscleral and endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation)
- Glaucoma shunts (gonioimplantation)
- Corneal grafting
- Keratectomy
- Corneal laceration repair
- Entropion repair
- Ectopic cilia excision
- Distichiasis treatment
- Cryotherapy
- Reconstructive adnexal (eyelid) procedures
- Eyelid neoplasia excision and biopsy
- Third eyelid gland prolapse (“cherry eye”) repair
- Third eyelid reconstruction
- Cidofovir ciliary body ablations
- Enucleation (eye removal)
- Intrascleral prosthetic implant
- Exenteration
- Intradermal hyaluronic acid injection
- Corneal debridement for SCCED (‘indolent ulcer’)
- Bandage contact lens and collagen shield placement
- Adnexal chemical cystic ablation
- Subconjunctival cyclosporine implants
- Iris laser ablation
- Suprachoroidal cyclosporine implants
- Barrier retinopexy
- Corpora nigra cyst ablation

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Please call PASE (267-727-3738) for more information about our Ophthalmology Service and to set up an appointment with Dr. Lutz.

​​​​​​​PASE Ophthalmology offers the most comprehensive access to medical and surgical treatment options in the ever-advancing field of veterinary ophthalmology.

The Ophthalmology service at Philadelphia Animal Specialty and Emergency (PASE) lead by Dr. Elizabeth Lutz, member of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (AVCO), is proud to provide the highest level of advanced state-of-the-art care to patients Philadelphia and the tri-state area. Our services currently serve two locations in Philadelphia (PASE) and West Chester, Pennsylvania (East Goshen Veterinary Center). Our mission is to provide the best possible experience and outcome for our patients and their families.

Ophthalmology nurses are highly skilled in general veterinary nursing, ophthalmology, and anesthesia. Many nurses chose to go on to pursue additional board-certification in ophthalmology. When surgical intervention is indicated, our ophthalmology team works closely with our board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist & team to provide anesthetic protocols and care that are individually tailored for each patient’s needs. Offering around-the-clock nursing, emergency, and ICU care, PASE is committed to ensuring that our patients recover safely and more quickly from anesthetic and surgical procedures. With an emphasis on individualized pet care, the Ophthalmology Department works closely with pet owners and primary care veterinarians.

Our Ophthalmology Service treats all species, large and small! This includes small animals (dogs and cats), large animals (horses, cows, llamas, sheep, pigs, goats, etc.), exotic animals (avian and non-venomous pocket pets), marine mammals, and zoo animals. Dr. Lutz is able to arrange farm, aquarium, zoo calls, as necessary.


Ophthalmology services for small pets & exotics will be available at both locations. All other ophthalmology appointments (large animals, marine mammals, zoo animals, farm visits, aquarium) will be available by request. Please email Eyes@PASE.vet for more information and to submit a request for these services.


Ask your general practice veterinarian about referrals to the PASE Opthalmology Department.​​​​​​​

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What to expect at your PASE appointment:


Check In:
- Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete paperwork.
- Please bring with all eye and oral (by mouth) medications that your pet is taking with you.
- Please make sure that your primary care doctor and any prior ophthalmologists have forwarded any needed paperwork to our office in advance of your visit. Please call: 267-727-3738 or email: Eyes@PASE.vet.
- Please bring an insurance claim form to your visit if your pet has insurance.

The Patient Exam:
- An ophthalmology nurse will review your pet’s history with you.
- An ophthalmology nurse and/or assistant will complete initial diagnostic testing prior to the doctor’s exam, including Schirmer tear testing, intraocular pressure, and vital staining.
- Pupillary dilation may also be performed.
- Dr. Lutz will use slit lamp biomicroscopy and indirect ophthalmolmoscopy to exam your pet’s eyes.
- Additional diagnostics may be necessary on a case-by-case basis.

Treatment & Surgery:
- Many eye conditions can be treated at home using medications.
​​​​​​​- Treatment may be required at the time of an appointment or at a separate visit in order to heal.
- Sometimes, surgical intervention is necessary in order to improve comfort and/or vision.
- Individually-tailored estimates for surgical care are provided and discussed in advance of surgery.
- Dr. Lutz and her team will communicate with you verbally and in the form of written discharge instructions at the time of each appointment or surgical discharge.
- Dr. Lutz will send medical records to your primary care veterinary office following each appointment or surgery.

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Meet the PASE Ophthalmology Team:


Dr. Elizabeth A. Lutz, DVM, MS, DACVO

Head of Ophthalmology



Steph Siver

Ophthalmology Clinical Manager


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