Ophthalmology care at Crown Veterinary Associates is provided by board-certified specialists who focus solely on vision care, diagnosis, and treatment of eye diseases. Our goal is to improve and preserve your pet’s vision and quality of life by delivering the highest quality, comprehensive, and compassionate care

Animals suffer many similar eye diseases that affect humans. Advances in both human and veterinary medicine have increased the ability to both diagnose and treat many of these diseases in our pets.

What to Expect

Please bring any medications your pet is taking (eye, oral) to the first appointment. Recent blood tests or pertinent records should be faxed to the receptionists at Crown Veterinary Specialists (908-236-8108) or emailed to receptionist@crownvet.com or referrals@crownvet.com.

A trained veterinary technician will meet with you to obtain a thorough health history of your animal companion, Initial diagnostic tests including a Schirmer tear test, applanation tonometry, and vital staining will be conducted.

One of our board-certified ophthalmologists will review the initial diagnostic tests and perform a complete exam. The exam will include vision testing, slit lamp examination (biomicroscopy), and indirect ophthalmoscopy. The ophthalmologist will then discuss with you the current ocular condition and make therapeutic and/or further diagnostic recommendations. Other diagnostic techniques that may be performed include: gonioscopy, nasolacrimal flushing, harvesting of corneal and conjunctival cells, cytology, aqueocentesis, ocular ultrasound, electroretinography, genetic testing for inherited eye disease, and blood pressure measurement.

When your visit is completed, a technician will provide you with discharge instructions containing a diagnosis, instructions for medical therapy, and a description of the current ocular condition. Your primary care veterinarian will be updated with the findings on the same day as your initial appointment. We strive to work with your doctor to provide the most comprehensive care possible.

Ocular disease is common and may be due to injuries, systemic health, breed, or genetics. Some of the most common eye conditions that we diagnose and treat are:

Eyelid abnormalities

  • Entropion and ectropion
  • Ectopic cilia
  • Distichiasis
  • Eyelid tumors
  • Trichiasis
  • Eyelid agenesis

Prolapsed gland of the third eyelid (cherry eye)

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye)

Corneal disease

  • Corneal ulcer
  • Indolent corneal ulcer
  • Descemetocele
  • Corneal sequestrum
  • Feline herpesvirus keratitis
  • Chronic superficial keratitis (pannus)

Anterior uveitis


Lens disease

  • Cataract
  • Lens luxation

Orbital tumors and abscesses

Intraocular tumors

Retinal disease

  • Retinal detachment
  • Retinal degeneration
  • Retinal dysplasia