Cornell University Hospital for Animals


Hospital Services

(607) 253-3100

Make an Appointment

  • Please call 607-253-3100 to make an appointment.
  • The ophthalmology service schedules appointments on most Monday and Tuesday mornings as well as some Thursdays and Fridays. The last scheduled appointment time is 1:00pm.
  • A valid Coggin's certificate is required for transportation to the hospital.
  • It is recommended for all elective surgical appointments that your horse's temperature be checked morning and night for three to four days before your appointment.  If a temperature above 101.5 degrees F is noted, please call us to reschedule. Long trailer rides or anesthesia for elective procedures are not recommended following a recent fever. Likewise, if your horse is exhibiting any signs of respiratory disease (coughing, nasal discharge, etc.), lymph node enlargement, or diarrhea, please seek veterinary attention from your local Veterinarian right away and we will be happy to reschedule your appointment with Ophthalmology for another time.
  • Please bring any pertinent medical records or have them faxed to 607-253-3787.
  • Payment is required at the time of service (See Financial Info.).

Ophthalmology Service

The Ophthalmology Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals provides scheduled and emergency care for horses with eye and vision problems. Our entire staff consists of board-certified ophthalmologists and resident ophthalmologists-in-training who collaborate with other veterinarians and ophthalmologists around the world to provide comprehensive eye care to horses. We offer the latest diagnostic and treatment modalities using state-of-art instrumentation and we utilize advanced surgical techniques. We work closely with all other services in the hospital, particularly with the Internal Medicine Service, to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of the full spectrum of veterinary ophthalmic disorders and any other disorders your patient may have.

Advanced Techniques

Diagnostic Services

  • Slit lamp biomicroscopy
  • Direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Tonometry
  • Electroretinography
  • Ocular ultrasonography (standard ocular and high resolution anterior segment scans)
  • In vivo corneal confocal microscopy
  • CT and MRI scans
  • Culture, biopsy, routine lab testing plus many advanced diagnostic modalities


Surgical Services

  • Orbital and adnexal surgery
  • Squamous cell carcinoma treatments, including strontium 90 radiation treatment
  • Corneal therapeutic and reconstructive procedures, keratotomies, grafts, and transpositions
  • Cataract removal by phacoemulsification
  • Glaucoma management
  • Diode laser treatment for iris/uveal/corpa nigra cyst ablation