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Ophthalmology

Our ophthalmologists provide both medical and surgical care for all ocular diseases of companion pets. Many diseases can be managed with medications alone, while others require surgery. Common examples of animal surgeries are:

  • Entropion correction (for inverted eyelids)
  • Surgical repair of corneal ulcers and lacerations
  • Surgery for glaucoma
  • Lens extraction for cataracts and displaced lenses

Veterinary Ophthamologists

Charlotte

DVM, Diplomate ACVO

Education:

  • BS – Tufts University, 1974
  • MS – Colorado State University, 1978
  • MS – The Ohio State University, 2007
  • DVM – Colorado State University, 1982

Residency:

  • Colorado State University, 1985-1987

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, 1987

Professional Accomplishments:

Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Eichenbaum obtained a Masters of Science degree in Animal Science; his research was then focused on animal nutrition. After graduating from veterinary school, he entered general practice for two years in Boulder, Colorado, after which time he returned to Colorado State University to begin a comparative ophthalmology residency. During his residency, he participated in a number of research projects and authored a number of papers related to various veterinary ophthalmology subjects, including immunology of the ocular surface, immunology of tears, absorption of certain drugs via the eye, genetically-based retinal disease in the Akita dog, and immune-mediated disease of the ocular surface. Dr. Eichenbaum moved to Charlotte, NC, in 1987 and founded Veterinary Eye Specialists, the first private veterinary ophthalmology practice in the state. In 1998, he became a founding member of Carolina Veterinary Specialists. Locally, he has actively participated in the Greater Charlotte Veterinary Medical Association and has served on the board of the Carolina Raptor Center.

Areas of Special Interest:

Cataract Surgery and Immune-Mediated Diseases of the Eye.

Charlotte

DVM, Diplomate ACVO

Education:

  • BS – University of Miami, General Honors
  • DVM – The Ohio State University

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship – Michigan Veterinary Specialists
  • Ophthalmic Pharmacokinetics and Toxicology Internship – The Biological Test Center

Residency:

  • Eye Care for Animals, Tustin, CA, 2006-2009
  • Resident Award – Best Research Poster, ACVO conference, 2008

Board Certification:

  • Board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

Professional Accomplishments:

After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, Dr. Fife completed her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University. She then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Michigan Veterinary Specialists in Southfield, Michigan and a second internship in ophthalmic pharmacology and drug discovery in Irvine, California. Dr. Fife completed a three-year veterinary ophthalmology residency program with Eye Care for Animals, focusing on drug delivery systems to the eye. She is the recipient of the Resident Award, Best Research Poster, ACVO Conference, 2008.

Areas of Special Interest:

Canine and feline corneal disease and cataract surgery.

Greensboro

DVM, Diplomate ACVO

Education:

  • BA – University of Florida, High Honors, 1991
  • Post-Baccalaureate studies in Microbiology, University of Florida, 1996-98
  • DVM – University of Florida, 2002

Internship:

  • Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2002-2003

Residency:

  • Iowa State University, 2003-2006

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Sigle was elected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1990 and she was elected a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Research Honor Society in 2001. Dr. Sigle has published articles on cataract surgery, uveitis and glaucoma. She frequently lectures and provides continuing education on a wide range of ophthalmic topics including glaucoma, inherited ocular diseases, uveitis, and ocular emergencies.

Areas of Special Interest:

Intraocular Surgery, Glaucoma, Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease, Feline Ophthalmic Diseases.

Charlotte

DVM, Diplomate ACVO

Education:

  • BS – University of Findlay, 2000
  • DVM – University of Florida, 2005

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship – Georgia Veterinary Specialists, 2005-2006
  • Ophthalmology Internship – Veterinary Ophthalmology Services, 2006-2007

Residency:

  • Comparative Veterinary Ophthalmology Residency – Eye Care for Animals, 2007-2010

Board Certification:

  • Board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

Professional Accomplishments:

After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Animal Science at the University of Findlay, Dr. Treadwell earned her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. She then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta, Georgia and a second internship in comparative ophthalmology at Veterinary Ophthalmology Services in Nashville, Tennessee. Following two years of internship, Dr. Treadwell completed a three-year comparative ophthalmology residency program with Eye Care for Animals. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

Areas of Special Interest:

Cataract Surgery, Intraocular Surgery, Blepharoplastic Procedures, and Glaucoma.