Pinecrest Veterinary Hospital

12125 S Dixie Highway
Pinecrest, FL 33156


Veterinary Ophthalmology

Lorraine G. Karpinski, VMD
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

Providing south Florida's pets with excellence in eye care for over 30 years.


Prior to the eye examination, you will be asked to complete a history of your pet's problems, including all medications that have been used. In addition, it is advisable to bring laboratory results and any other information relevant to your pet's condition. Always bring any medications that have been or are currently being used.

The first visit will consist of a thorough eye examination. In some cases, additional diagnostic tests are necessary including measurement of tear production or intraocular pressure. Dilation of the pupil may be helpful to examine the lens and the back of the eye.

During the examination, the doctor will discuss recommendations for medical treatment and/or surgery for your pet. She will contact your veterinarian after your visit and send a record of the examination including diagnostic evaluations and treatment recommendations. In many cases, reexaminations are required to insure success of treatment. The ophthalmologist will work closely with your veterinarian to provide follow-up care. If a more extensive diagnostic work-up and/or surgery become necessary, you will be given a written estimate for the cost of such work at the time of examination.

We know that serious eye problems in your pet can be distressing and want you to feel comfortable with our staff and recommendations for therapy. Please feel free to ask questions before, during and after your pet's eye examination.

Forms for Eye exams Medical forms that you can print and fill out prior to your consultation.



CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation) examinations are performed at the request of an owner, breeder or veterinarian to evaluate dogs for inherited eye diseases. The Canine Eye Registration Foundation was founded in an attempt to decrease the incidence of genetic eye conditions in purebred dogs. Dogs that are free of such eye disease are given a CERF number that appears on the AKC papers.


Applanation Tonometry, Schiotz Tonometry
Fluorescein and Rose Bengal Staining
Nasolacrimal Flushing
Schirmer Tear Testing
Slit Lamp Examination (Biomicroscopy)
Indirect and Direct Retinal Examination
Conjunctival Scrapes and Biopsies
Aqueous Centesis, Vitreal Centesis
Blood Pressure Measurement - Doppler
External Ocular Photography
Ultrasound examinations of the eye and orbit
Equine consultations are available via your referring veterinarian


Conjunctival, Corneal Grafts
Phacoemulsification for Cataract Removal
Luxated Lens Removal
Repair of Prolapsed Nictitans Glands
Superficial Keratectomy for Corneal lesions
Third Eyelid Repair and Removal
Eyelid Wedge Resection for Eyelid Masses
surgery for Distichiasis
Ectopic Cilia Removal
Parotid Duct Transposition
Pharmacological Ablation of Ciliary Body for Glaucoma
Eyelid Tacking for Shar Peis
Keratotomy and Bandage Contact Lens Treatments for Corneal Ulceration