We offer a wide variety of state of the art ophthalmic surgery including cataract removal, eyelid mass removal, cherry eye repair, patching corneal wounds (ulcers) or perforations, and much more.
All visits start with a complete ophthalmic assessment and consultation where all the treatment options are reviewed. The cost of the initial consultation is $246 +tax. This includes intraocular pressures, Schirmer tear test, and fluorescein stain if needed. The consultation is approximately 45-60 minutes.
Surgery Under a Microscope
Did you know the cornea (the clear dome at the front of the eye) is less than 1mm thick? Part of the lens capsule is less than half a red blood cell thick. Using an operating microscope allows Dr Osinchuk to repair your pet's eyes with the utmost care and attention to detail. We use our surgical microscope for the majority of our ophthalmic surgeries.
Restoring vision in pets with cataracts is the most rewarding part of our job. The joy of a previously blind nervous dog bounding confidently out to greet their family is the best part of our day. We are committed to improving your pet’s health and happiness: if cataracts have impacted their quality of life ask us about cataract surgery.
Corneal Ulcer Repair
Corneal ulcers are vision and eye threatening. If your pet has an advanced corneal ulcer, surgical repair offers the best chance to save the eye. Our ulcer surgeries are completed using high powered magnification, because when it comes to an organ less than 1mm thick, magnification matters.
High pressure within the eye is painful, dangerous, and blinding. Treatment options include glaucoma shunt placement or endoscopic laser. Surgical placement of a shunt system allows fluid (aqueous) to leave the eye and alleviate glaucoma. This can prolong the amount of time your pet maintains its vision and comfort.
Ocular Tumor Removal
Tumors on or inside the eye can be removed without removing the eye. This allows your pet to maintain their eye, depth perception, and full field of view.
Entropion, eyelid mass removal, medial canthoplasty and more
Parotid Duct Transposition
Pets with dry eye that is not responding to medication can be treated with a parotid duct transposition. This unique procedure moved a salivary duct up to the eye. Saliva and tears have a very similar composition and can provide long-term relief.
Our pet's eyes are the windows to their souls. If your pet's eyes play an important role in the way they communicate with you but they have an end stage painful eye disease, ask us about an ocular prosthesis rather than a traditional eye removal.
Dry Eye Implants
Cyclosporine implants can be placed under the conjunctiva. They slowly release medication to stimulate tear production so frequent eye drops are not necessary.
Biomicroscopic and indirect ophthalmoscopic examination
The biomicroscope is a handheld binocular microscope with a slit and diffuse beam light source. It allows a magnified assessment and 3D visualization of the anterior and posterior chamber.
Indirect ophthalmoscopy allows 3D visualization of the retina, optic nerve, and vitreous.
OFA examinations are available for breeding and service dogs, to help breeders be confident they are breeding pets with healthy eyes. Exams follow the OFA examination criteria including slit-lamp biomicroscopy and indirect ophthalmoscopy.
Emergency Care Services
Even when your pet is healthy, Emergency Care Services are an important part of keeping them in the best possible condition. Contact us to learn more about our services and how you can contribute to your animal’s optimal health.
Locally Owned, Family Operated
The Island Veterinary Eye Specialist clinic is proudly owned by the Osinchuk family. We care immensely about the pet community here on Vancouver Island.
Your pet's comfort is a cornerstone of our practice
Dr. Osinchuk is Fear Free Certified.
Known as Fear FreeSM, the training and certification program helps veterinarians modify their procedures, handling, and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need.
Dr. Osinchuk is one of a handful of Veterinary Ophthalmologist in Canada to achieve diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). The ACVO is the professional organization that oversees the accreditation of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. To become a diplomate of the ACVO a veterinarian must complete an ACVO residency, and pass all sections of the rigorous ACVO qualifying board exam.