This article was previously published April 7, 2012, and was updated on March 22, 2023
Animal Ophthalmologist Dr. Bill Miller on the Real Dr Doolittle Show™
Dr. William (Bill) Miller is an animal ophthalmologist whose current research includes corneal physiology and corneal wound healing. He’s also a PR spokesman for ACVO, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
Guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs and search and rescue dogs selflessly serve the public.
So, for the month of May, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) runs the annual ACVO/Merial® National Service Dog Eye Exam Event to help serve these dogs and other service animals who dedicate their lives to serving the public.
More than 200 board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, will be providing free sight-saving eye exams to thousands of eligible service animals.
Registration for service animal owners and handlers begins April 1st of every year at www.ACVOeyeexam.org
Since the program launched in 2008, more than 73,000 service animals have been examined. In addition to dogs, other service animals including horses and even a service donkey named Henry have received free sight-saving exams.
Dr. Miller answers these very important questions:
* What are the warning signs a dog may have an eye sight problem?
* What should an owner do if they think their dog has an eye sight problem?
* How well do animals cope with things like blindness, retinal detachments, tumors or cataracts?
* How does someone who has a service dog participate in The Annual ACVO®/Merial® National Service Dog Eye Exam Event?
* What service dog groups are eligible to participate?
* How many veterinary ophthalmologists are participating, and when will this effort expand worldwide?
Go to www.acvoeyeexam.org to register or find out more information and a list of participating vets.
Photo by Clem Onojeghuo from Pexels
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