Diagnostic Testing

When problems arise with your pet’s eye(s) or sight, several tests are performed to correctly diagnose the condition. The Animal Eye Center of NJ uses state-of-the-art equipment and carefully selected tests to arrive at a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that specifically addresses your pet’s unique needs. In addition to the standard tests performed in an ophthalmic evaluation, below are some of the additional diagnostic capabilities at AEC.

Gonioscopy is the evaluation of the iridocorneal angle, or drain inside the eye. As glaucoma in most dogs follows the closure of this vital drain, this test may allow us to predict the risk of glaucoma in some dogs.

Ocular ultrasound is a tool for us to evaluate the inside of your pet’s eye that is not visible on a traditional exam, as in cases of severe corneal disease or cataracts.

An electroretinogram (ERG) is a test that measures the electrical activity of the retina. This test aids in the diagnosis of retinal diseases such as SARDS and PRA, as well as pre-operative screening prior to cataract surgery.

We may take samples of the surface of your pet’s eye to further classify an inflammatory or infectious disease. These tests are performed while your pet is awake. Topical anesthesia is used so your pet experiences no discomfort.

We use several techniques to evaluate your pet’s tear duct. When necessary, the tear ducts can be flushed to diagnose and treat certain conditions.

In some cases, we will discuss obtaining a sample of the fluid from the inside of the eye. The collection of this fluid, called aqueocentesis, is used to help diagnose causes of intraocular disease.

We can either screen directly or work with your veterinarian to screen for certain types of genetic eye disease.

OFA eye exams are completed by board-certified ophthalmologists only. This clinical exam screens for a wide range of genetic ophthalmic diseases. We can also provide you with all forms needed to complete this testing.