What is a Veterinary Ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is a board-certified specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving the eyes and associated structures. A veterinary ophthalmologist may treat animals of any species. Learn more about the process and requirements of becoming a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist here.

In order to become a veterinary ophthalmology specialist in the USA, an individual must fulfill all of the following:

  • become a licensed veterinarian
  • complete an ABVO-approved veterinary ophthalmology residency of 2-4 years in duration
  • pass a rigorous series of knowledge- and skill-based examinations in veterinary ophthalmology
  • become a member of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO)

Remaining an active member of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists requires maintenance of certification by fulfilling continuing education requirements. The ophthalmologists at Veterinary Vision have met all of these requirements and join a prestigious group of around 500 individuals who are Diplomates of the ACVO.

Who are ACVO members?  We are so glad you asked. Click here for a video on the subject produced by the ACVO.








Highly specialized equipment is used for examination of the eyes, including slit lamp biomicroscopy (photo at left), indirect ophthalmoscopy (photo at top of page), tonometry (photo at right), and various other modalities. The operating room is equipped to handle the very specific needs of eye surgery. Take a tour of our San Carlos office and our San Francisco office and see a description of an eye exam.



Self-Service PortalNeed to make an appointment, request medical records, leave a message for your medical team, or complete a RX refill request?

Your requests and inquiries will then be sent to our client service team who will be in touch with you within 24-72 hours, depending on the request. Our Veterinary Vision Self-Service Portal helps reduce high call volumes, hold times, and provides our pet parents the added convenience of digital capabilities to get in touch with us versus calling in.