February Pulse Article Available (part 8 of 12, Common Small Animal Lens Disorders)

February 20, 2019

In this month’s Pulse article, Dr. Esson briefly reviews some more frequently encountered disorders associated with the lens. Some of these disorders includes Persistent Hyperplastic Tunica Vasculosa Lentis which represents a failure of the vascular supply to the developing lens to regress. This is commonly found in Doberman Pinchers and Greyhounds. To read more, check out February’s article.

‘For owl I know, work was a hoot’

February 6, 2019

Two successful Great Horned Owl surgeries at VOC today! Thank you to Dr Weldy & Dr Pokard (Serrano Animal and Bird Hospital) and Dr Palazzolo & Dr Wood (Long Beach Animal Hospital) and the future veterinary students for assisting Dr Esson during these owl eye surgeries. 🦉❤️🦉

Topic of the Day – Canine Glaucoma

February 1, 2019

What is glaucoma? In the video, Dr Esson describes canine glaucoma and different strategies for managing the disease.

First of all, the glaucomas represent a group of diseases which are generally associated with increased pressure inside the eye and the loss of vision due to nerve cell damage.

Just like people, dogs may be affected by many different forms of glaucoma, including…
-Congenital = present at the time of birth.
-Primary = generally in association with a hereditary predisposition for the development of elevated eye pressure. Although these changes typically take years to develop, the attack of the disease may occur acutely, sometimes within just a few hours.
-Secondary = generally in association with changes and/or inflammation inside the eye such as luxation of the lens, chronic uveitis, retinal detachment, trauma and/or various types of cancer related diseases.

To add, there are different strategies for managing the glaucoma’s by accurately assessing the changes present, topical and/or systemic medical therapy or surgical intervention. Surgery typically encompasses either maximizing fluid drainage from the eye with some form of implantable drainage device OR reducing fluid production and inflammation in the eye using laser energy to destroy ciliary tissue.

Overall, the decisions regarding the type and timing of therapy and/or intervention vary from patient to patient. These decisions are most ideally made by experienced & qualified board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists.

For more information, visit www.acvo.org!

January Pulse Article Available (part 7 of 12, Common Small Animal Uveal Diseases)

January 30, 2019

In January’s Pulse article, Dr Esson discusses common uveal diseases in small animals. The uveal tract is composed of anterior and posterior tissues. These tissue’s contain components of “blood ocular barrier” which regulates the passage of protein into the aqueous humor. Some very common clinical presentations are infectious, inflammatory, metabolic, and neoplastic disease. To read more, click on the Pulse article link:

SCVMA Lecture – Review of Ocular Neoplasia

January 10, 2019

Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Ophthalmic Consulting lectured at The Citrus Café on Thursday, Jan 10th about ocular neoplasia. Many great referring veterinarians and RVT’s joined us for dinner and an interactive discussion about identifying and managing common eye related tumors.

VOC – A Special Kind of Patient Care

January 10, 2019

The VOC technicians pride themselves in the care they provide to our surgical patients. Team members are compassionate, qualified & experienced, treating every pet that comes into VOC as though it was their own. Making the our patients feel loved and cared for, especially after having eye surgery, is an essential part of the recovery process.

December Pulse Article Available (part 6 of 12, Common Small Animal Scleral Abnormalities)

December 28, 2018

In December’s Pulse article, Dr Esson discusses common scleral abnormalities in small animals. A dermoid represents an area of normal haired skin in an abnormal location of the eye. The commonly affected breeds include the German Shepherd, the Dachshund, and the St. Bernard. To read more, click on the Pulse article link: 112818 PULSE, December 2018_final 32112818 PULSE, December 2018_final 33

Mini Aussie Monday

December 17, 2018

Enjoyed the company of 8 beautiful Australian Shephard puppies today, who all received their CERF eye certification from Dr Esson!


Are you interested in a CERF examination for your pet? OFA Eye Certification exams (previously “CERF” exams) are screening examinations performed by board certified veterinary ophthalmologists in order to identify changes within the eye(s) suggesting the presence of one or more of these diseases. Genetic diseases are those that are passed on from parent to offspring through genes that carry the codes for each specific trait. Many of the diseases and disorders that affect the eyes are associated with specific genetic factors and multiple eye diseases which affect dogs  are known to exhibit evidence of a genetic or heritable cause. Certification is valid for 12 months from the date of the eye exam. Annual re-examination is recommended.

To schedule an OFA examination for one or more pets, please call the reception at 949-404-4100.