Canine Cataract Surgery

November 7, 2018

This patient had a mature cataract (lens opacity) removed from her right eye via state-of-the-art cataract phacoemulsification and synthetic IOL (new lens) placement.  Factors associated with successful cataract surgery include Dr Esson’s experience, careful anesthetic monitoring, recovery in the hands of our experienced technical team and of course a lot of post-operative TLC ❤️


Cataract before surgery

Just as in human surgery, an operating microscope allows the surgeon to see incredible detail while removing the cataract

Stage 1 – cataract phacoemulsification (the lens is broken up & removed)

Stage 2 – irrigation/aspiration (remnants are removed & the lens capsule polished)

Stage 3 – synthetic IOL (new lens) introduction (the new lens is seen here prior to removal from its cassette)

Finally introduction of the (folded) synthetic lens into the lens capsule to restore optimal vision

If your pet has developed cataracts, you or your veterinarian may want to schedule a consultation with VOC in order to discuss management and further treatment options.

Even if surgery is not an appropriate option for your pet, the management of lens-assoicated inflammation can help avoid unwanted longterm complications & outcomes.

October Pulse article available (part 4 of 12, Common Small Animal Third Eyelid Abnormalities)

October 25, 2018


October’s Pulse article, discusses common third eyelid abnormalities in small animals. These include inflammatory, immune-mediated & neoplastic conditions (such as conjunctivitis, third-eyelid tumors & prolapse of the third eyelid gland or “cherry eye”).  For more information, read this article: 092018 PULSE, October 2018_p2 28092018 PULSE, October 2018_p2 29 


October 18, 2018

Dr. Singer, Chief of Staff with Banfield, joined Dr. Esson today at VOC to assist in the OR for a bilateral Conjunctival Island Graft of one of his favorite patients “Pebbles!” VOC provides the highest standards of medical and surgical expertise and works closely with referring veterinarians to provide complete patient care.


Miracle “Morty”

October 9, 2018

Everyone say hello to “Morty!” This cute Labrador mix was surrendered to Labradors and Friends Rescue, who brought him to VOC needing immediate attention (& possible eye removal) for a badly infected eyelid injury. After surgical reconstruction of his lower right eyelid, “Morty” is healing very well & things are looking great. 

**UPDATE: “Morty” found his forever home in February 2019!**



Sweet Labrador Found New Home!

September 18, 2018

Shortly after birth, “Bentley” became blind in his left eye and thereafter he lost the vision in his right eye also. He was left at a shelter by his previous family along with a note stating they were no longer able to take care of him. Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue fostered him, and took him to see Dr Esson at VOC. “Bentley” was diagnosed with a condition known as Oscular Skeletal Dysplasia, a genetic disorder that affected both his eyes and his joints. Back in May, Dr Esson performed surgery and now “Bentley” has vision in his right eye & he could not be happier chasing his toys that he could not see previously.

We are pleased to announce that “Bentley” has been adopted from the Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue Group and enjoys his days on his parents boat in San Diego! He loves hanging out on the dinghy, as well as running on the beach with his new eyesight.