Ophthalmology Service Philosophy

All members of our service strive to provide exceptional patient care and service to our clients and referring veterinarians. We also aim to provide an excellent clinical learning experience for our future veterinary colleagues.

Our Services

The Comparative Ophthalmology service at the Veterinary Medical Center at Ohio State offers comprehensive care for companion animals with eye abnormalities.

Service Highlights

  • Board certified ophthalmologists
  • Cataract extraction - all species (Columbus location only)
  • Artificial lens implantation
  • Corneal or glaucoma surgery (Columbus location only)
  • Laser surgery, including endolaser (Columbus location only)
  • Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

The Comparative Ophthalmology service is often recruiting patients for a number of studies for which your pet may be eligible. If you have any questions regarding your pet's eligibility, please contact the Clinical Trials Office (cvm-clinicaltrials@osu.edu).

Appointments & Office Hours

Office hours

  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday - Wednesday
  • Patient visits by appointment only. Emergency services available at campus location by veterinarian referral.

For an appointment

  • (614) 292-3551


  • After-hours emergencies are generally seen at the OSU VMC campus location. Please call (614) 292-3551 to schedule an after-hours emergency visit.

What to Expect

One of our veterinary technicians will take you and your pet to a consultation room for a complete patient history and to perform the initial ophthalmic tests to prepare for a thorough examination. It is often necessary to administer eye drops to dilate your pet's pupils and allow better visualization of the inner structures of the eye. It takes approximately 15 minutes for these drops to work and their effect lasts 3-4 hours. One of our staff ophthalmologists will then complete the examination of your pet and perform any additional tests required. Please allow 45 minutes to 1 hour for an initial examination if your pet is a new patient to our hospital. After examination, the ophthalmologist will speak to you about diagnosis and treatment options.

Special Equipment & Technology

  • Ophthalmic laser, including endolaser
  • Operating microscope
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Advanced microsurgical techniques
  • CT scan and MRI
  • High resolution ultrasound
  • Electrodiagnostic testing

Common Conditions

  • Dry eye (KCS)
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal degeneration
  • Eyelid disorders
  • Glaucoma
  • Corneal ulceration
  • Ocular trauma

Common Procedures

  • Cataract surgery (phacoemulsification with intraocular lens placement)
  • Retinopexy for retinal detachment
  • Eyelid reconstructive procedures for entropion, eyelid tumors, etc.
  • Glaucoma medical and surgical treatment
  • Medical and surgical treatment of corneal ulceration
  • Suprachoroidal cyclosporine implantation for treatment of equine recurrent uveitis
  • Subconjunctival cyclosporine implantation for treatment of equine immune-mediated keratitis
  • Equine ocular tumor excision, radiation and chemotherapy



Ophthalmology Technicians

  • Robin Richardson, RVT, Supervisor
  • Chris Basham, RVT
  • Gina Dodge, RVT

Ophthalmology Assistants

  • Brad Hogshead
  • Shelby Moorehead


Payment is expected at the time of your visit. Please read our payment policy for complete information.