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 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.

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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.

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Cataract Surgery

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.

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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.

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Glaucoma Surgery

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.

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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.

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Eyelid Surgery

Entropion, eyelid mass removal, medial canthoplasty and more

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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.

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Ocular Prosthesis

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.

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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.

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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.

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OFA Examination

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.

More info on Booking OFA Exams

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Locally Owned, Family Operated

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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

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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. 

Delivering Excellence

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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.

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