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Ophthalmology

Our veterinary ophthalmologists provide medical and surgical care for all ocular diseases affecting your pets

New patient examinations include slit lamp biomicroscopy to evaluate the anterior segment of the eye, indirect ophthalmoscopy to evaluate the posterior segment of the eye, tonometry to check intraocular pressure, Schirmer Tear Testing to assess tear production, and fluorescein staining to evaluate the corneal surface. Additional testing may be recommended based on your pet’s examination including electroretinography (ERG) to assess retinal function, ocular ultrasound, or gonioscopy in dogs at risk for glaucoma. CERF/OFA exams are also available for screening dogs for genetic disorders.

Many diseases can be managed with medications alone, while some require surgery. Surgical procedures offered at CVS include (but are not limited to):

  • Eyelid
    • Entropion
      • Temporary tacking
      • Permanent correction
    • Ectropion
    • Eyelid mass removal
    • Ectopic cilia removal
    • Cryotherapy for distichiasis and trichiasis
    • Medial canthoplasty
  • Third Eyelid
    • “Cherry eye” repair
    • Scrolled cartilage
    • Treatment of tumors
  • Nasolacrimal System
    • Stent placement
    • Flushing of the ducts
  • Corneal Surgery
    • Treatment of simple or complicated corneal ulcerations
    • Corneal debridement
    • Diamond burr keratectomy for refractory ulcers
    • Conjunctival grafts for deep corneal ulcers, perforations, and bullous keratopathy
    • Corneal Conjunctival Transposition (CCT) grafts
    • Superficial and deep keratectomy (sequestrum, corneal degeneration)
    • Foreign body removal
    • Laceration repair
  • Lens
    • Cataract surgery with artificial lens implant placement
    • Capsular tension rings
    • Lens removal for luxated lenses
  • Orbit
    • Enucleation (with or without orbital prosthesis)
    • Evisceration with prosthesis placement o Exenteration

Veterinary Ophthamologists

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.