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Veterinary Ophthalmology Service at VSES

The ophthalmology department at VSES has the training, equipment, and expertise to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions related to the function and structure of the eyes. We are dedicated to providing extraordinary care for animals with eye disorders, enhancing quality of life by improving vision, and relieving discomfort from painful eye diseases. As the only board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist in the greater Rochester area, VSES offers the highest level of eye care without the need for added travel.

Please note: Our ophthalmology services are offered part-time. Please contact us to check our availability.

When to Contact a Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Your primary veterinarian may recommend a consultation with an ophthalmologist if your pet has a serious condition that may require special treatments or if diagnosis is proving difficult. Our ophthalmologist is trained to diagnose and manage complicated ocular issues.

A board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist completes several years of additional training, including a one-year internship and three years of a residency at an accredited institution. Diplomate status is obtained by successfully passing rigorous specialty boards following residency. For more information, visit the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Veterinary Ophthalmology Services for Your Pets
The ophthalmology service treats all forms of eye disease and conditions in companion animals including medical treatments for:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Corneal Dystrophy/Degeneration
  • Corneal Ulcerations
  • Feline Herpesvirus
  • Fungal/Bacterial Infections
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypertensive Retinopathy
  • Hyphema
  • Immune mediated disease
  • Inherited disease
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye)
  • Pannus
  • Uveitis
  • Uveodermatologic syndrome

Surgeries we can perform are:

  • Conjunctival grafts
  • Dermoid removal
  • Entropion/Ectropion repair
  • Eyelid mass removal
  • Superficial keratectomy

We are happy to consult on conditions, but due to our ophthalmology service only being part-time, we will need to refer your pet to another location. This will result in additional consultation costs. Surgeries we will refer away are:

  • Cataract removal
  • Lens luxation removal
  • Glaucoma procedures to retain vision
  • Retina reattachment
  • Cherry eye repair

Meet Our Ophthalmologist

Seth Koch

Seth Koch

VMD, Diplomate ACVO

Dr. Seth Koch will be providing ophthalmology consults and performing non-cataract related surgeries at VSES. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Koch received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. He received an NIH Fellowship to study ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and earned a Master’s Degree in comparative ophthalmology from the Graduate School of Medicine and the Veterinary School.

Dr. Koch is a pioneer in veterinary ophthalmology, specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of acute and chronic eye problems in companion and exotic animals. He has treated a variety of animals, including an African lion, a Komodo dragon, a panda, elephants, and birds. Before joining the medical staff at VSES, Dr. Koch was a consultant to the Chesapeake Wildlife Foundation and the National Zoo.