VCA Veterinary Hospital of Leon Springs

Tonopen

Your pet’s eye health is important!

Here at VCA Leon Springs, we care about all aspects of your pet’s health – including vision health! Although the eyes are examined during routine wellness exams, sometimes, when problems develop, a more in-depth examination is necessary.
When the doctor needs to perform this more detailed exam, he or she will often use a device called a tonopen. Through a processed called tonometry, the doctor is able to calculate and measure the intraocular pressure of the eye. This measurement is gathered by assessing the fluids within the eye.


The size and shape of the normal eye is maintained by the amount of fluids in the eye, and the pressure created. This pressure is known as the intraocular pressure. The fluids within the eye are continually produced by a structure called the ciliary body. In addition to producing the fluids (which are often called the aqueous humors) the ciliary body contains the suspensory ligaments which hold the eye’s lens in place. Muscles within the ciliary body then pull on these ligaments and control the shape and focusing ability of the lens.


The aqueous humors within the eye contain both nutrients and the oxygen used by the different structures within the eye. When there is an excess of this fluid it is drained from a part of the eye located between the cornea and the iris called the iridocorneal angle. So long as the production and drainage of this fluid is maintained, the intraocular pressure remains balanced.


An imbalance in the production and drainage of the fluids however, can lead to ocular problems. Signs your pet may need to have their eyes examined can include:

  • Red or Irritated looking Eyes
  • When a pet has suffered head or orbital trauma
  • When monitoring drug therapy for glaucoma

If you have any concerns about your pet’s vision or ocular health, contact us today and set up an appointment with your veterinarian.
 

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of an emergency during normal business hours (M-F 7:30am - 7:00pm) please call us at 210-698-1043.

 

Should you have an after-hours emergency, please contact either of these pet emergency hospitals:

 

Mission Pet Emergency -

Located at: 8202 N Loop 1604 West, San Antonio Texas, 78249

Phone: 210-691-0900

 

Emergency Pet Center -

Located at: 503 E. Sonterra Blvd., San Antonio Texas, 78258

Phone: 210-404-2873

 

If you feel that your pet has potentially ingested a toxin, please contact either one of the above listed pet emergency centers, or the pet poison helpline. 

Online at: http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com

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For a list of current pet food recall alerts, please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association's website at

https://www.avma.org/News/Issues/recalls-alerts/Pages/pet-food-safety-recalls-alerts.aspx

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