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Ophthalmology

If your pet is experiencing eye or vision problems, look to the board-certified specialists in the Long Island Veterinary Specialists Opththalmology Department for expert diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the eye and surrounding structures.

Notably, LIVS’s own board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Sapienza, was the first veterinary ophthalmologist to implant an injectable, foldable intraocular lens in dogs to remove a cataract—demonstrating the leading-edge expertise you’ll find here.

But pioneering cataract surgery is just one of the many reasons to choose LIVS when your pet needs a veterinary ophthalmologist. We work closely with your pet’s primary care veterinarian to provide today’s most advanced eye care and surgical treatments on both a scheduled and emergency basis.

Pioneering research and treatments of the eye

The conditions LIVS ophthalmologists see

Our board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists see a wide range of eye-related conditions in dogs, cats, birds and other animals, including:

  • Cataracts
  • Cherry eye
  • Corinal ulcer
  • Distichiasis
  • Dry eye (keraconjunctivitis sicca)
  • Entropion
  • Eye and eyelid trauma
  • laucoma
  • Goniodysgenesis
  • Herpes
  • Pannus
  • PRA
  • Retinal detachment
  • SARDs
  • Uveitis

The ophthalmic services we offer

At LIVS, we provide the full spectrum of diagnostic and treatment services for ophthalmic conditions. These services include:

Comprehensive ophthalmic exams

For dogs and cats as well as rabbits, ferrets, small mammals, non-venomous reptiles, horses and other farm animals

Extensive diagnostic testing

using cutting-edge technology including electroretinography, Doppler blood pressure measurement, high-frequency ocular and orbital ultrasonography, pupillary light test (SARDs test), adnexal cytology and more

Non-surgical treatment options

Including medications, lavage and nasolacrimal flushes

Advanced surgical procedures including

  • Cataract extraction
  • Conjunctival grafts
  • Corneal transplants
  • Corneal ulcer grafts
  • Cryosurgery for distichiasis, ectopic cilia, ocular tumors and retinopexy
  • Enucleation (eye removal)
  • Eyelid reconstructive surgery
  • Glaucoma implants
  • Intrascleral prosthesis
  • Laser therapy for glaucoma and retinal issues
  • Luxated lens removal
  • Orbital implants
  • Repair of detached retinas, prolapsed nictitans gland (cherry eye repair), and traumatic injuries to the globe
  • Sulcus IOL suturing
  • Superficial keratectomy

Ophthalmology Team

John S. Sapienza

DVM, Dip. ACVO

Kay Kim

VMD, DACVO