Members in the News
Learn more about what ACVO Diplomates are doing in their professions and how they are involved in their communities. A Diplomate Spotlight is provided below, along with numerous news articles involving ophthalmologists around the world. For more news coverage of past Service Animal events, click here.

If you have a story to share about yourself or a veterinary ophthalmologist you know, please contact the ACVO office.


ACVO Diplomate Spotlight
Dr. András Komáromy

Other Diplomate news stories

(View 2015 Service Dog coverage to date)

Penn Vet Professor wins Louis Braille Award

AguirreThere’s nothing more heartbreaking than a dog that can’t see his owner, but Gustavo Aguirre, professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine, dedicates his time to giving them sight.

On Jan. 29, Aguirre received the prestigious 2016 Louis Braille Award for his pioneering work in the research and treatment for vision disorders. Aguirre, a professor of both medical genetics and ophthalmology, has investigated the genetic basis of a wide variety of inherited blinding diseases and has even restored vision in dogs.

One of his most famous projects was using gene therapy in a novel way in 2001 to restore vision in a dog named Lancelot, who was born blind due to a hereditary disease. Clinical trials for the same treatment in humans have been shown to be effective and safe so far, and are being offered at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and in Canada and London, and are being expanded to other areas of the United States and Israel. Read the full story here.

Popular Buttonwood Park Zoo seals have eye surgery

NEW BEDFORD - A couple of Buttonwood Park seals got an eye-opener last week. The popular mother/son pair of Atlantic harbor seals at the zoo will be off exhibit for about three weeks after undergoing surgery to improve their vision and overall ophthalmic health, according to city officials.

Unlike most mammals, seals’ eyes contain differences to their corneas and lenses that allow them to see under water and above water. Therefore, eye care for seals requires a highly trained and specialized ophthalmologist. Seals also have unique breathing adaptations for deep diving that requires complex and precise anesthesia. Due to the complicated nature of these procedures, the zoo brought in Dr. Carmen Colitz, a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist, and Dr. James Bailey, a board certified veterinary anesthesiologist, both recognized as the country’s leading pinniped ophthalmic veterinary team, to perform these surgeries. (Pinnipeds are animals with flippers.) 

Blue and Yellow are two of the zoo's most popular attractions.   PHOTO COURTESY BUTTONWOOD PARK ZOO



Successful Penguin Cataract Surgery

Boss Hog, a 29 year old male African penguin, developed bilateral cataracts in his old age. There was significant vision impairment: he was noted to have difficulty getting around the exhibit and he was reluctant to come out of his box or to be very active.

“Boss” was not seeing due to mature, or complete cataracts in both eyes. His keepers reported that he was not interacting with the other penguins and having problems with finding food. Dr. Anne Weigt from Animal Eye Care Associates examined Boss to determine if he would be a candidate for surgery.

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András Komáromy Awarded 2015 Shaffer Prize

Listen to Dr. Andras M. Komáromy, PhD, DVM, DACVO, discuss his research in how gene therapy could one day provide lasting control of IOP in glaucoma patients with known genetic defects.,0


Helping blind dogs see could help fight human blindness

Dr. Andras Komaromy was featured in a
story picked up by CNN.

Read the full article here:

The Daily Treat: Homeless Kitten Born Without Eyelids Will Have Full Vision Thanks to Giving Doctor
Phil the kitten can literally see the bright future ahead of him thanks to Dr. Martin Coster of Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.
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UC Davis Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Dr. Sara Thomasy Has Success with Alternative Surgery to Treat Cornea Disease, Hopes to Discover Gene Causing the Disease

Read the full story here

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Dr. Lloyd Helper receives an award at the Illinois Veterinary College annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians

Read the full article here.


SeaWorld Orlando Vet Team Works with Animal Eye Clinic to Remove Cataracts from Penguins

Diplomate is Featured on SeaWorld's "Inside SeaWorld"...

See the story, pictures and video featuring Dr. Heidi Denis here...

Veterinary Ophthalmologists Retore Vision to Aging Pets

Dr. Matthew Fife of Veterinary Ophthalmologist Center in East Orange County, FL
Blind Horse Gets New Hope and Restored Vision in One Eye

Dr. Mary Utter and a team of specialists from the University of Pennsylvania, New Bolten Center performed the surgery.






Sea Turtle Rehabilitation

Briar has been returned to the sea!
Briar, a young adult female, was rehabilitated at the aquarium after cataract surgery. Dr. Anne Cook of Animal Eye Care of the Lowcountry performed the operation.


Dr. Brady Beale, DACVO with VRC Ophthalmology gives a dog his eyesight back!

Formally Blind Dog Duffy Seeing the Family after Surgery -- "Post-Op Reunion Video Goes Viral"

Western Veterinary Conference

WVC is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Continuing Educators of the Year. This year's winners are reconized for their oustanding teaching abilities in their respected fields. Educators such as these, make learning that much more enjoyable.

Avian & Exotics

Avian & Exotics


Tammy Miller Michau,
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"The ACVO was represented by members of the ad hoc committee on Pharmaceutical and Toxicology Consulting at the annual Society of Toxicology meeting in Phoenix, March 24-27. This is an international meeting with over 7,000 attendees, representing academia, pharmaceutical and device development industries. Members were present in the ACVO booth in the exhibitor hall, answering questions and increasing awareness of our specialty."


Dr. Lorraine Karpinski removes tumors from a Green Sea Turtle. (read more here)

falcon Dr. Ruth Marion performs ground breaking surgery. (read more here)
pdf of file

The annual
European Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology
conference was held in Bucharest Romania,
October 17-20. (read more here)
Care Credit ad

Dr. Michael Brinkmann was recently featured in a CareCredit spotlight, in which he was interviewed about the benefits our clients experience when using the CareCredit payment plans. He is with the Veterinary Ophthalmology Service out of Las Vegas, NV.

Veterinary Ophthalmology Service
Las Vegas, NV

DACVO, Dr. David Maggs’ photo makes the cover of ‘Today’s Veterinary Practice’ magazine. Make sure to also take a peek at the ophtho article it accompanies in this publication, ‘Clinical Approach to the Canine Red Eye’, co-written by DACVO, Dr. Dr. Phillip Anthony Moore and Dr. Laminac (not Dip)”.  (A link to the article is not currently available.)  

We received word of an unusual letter awarded to our ACVO Diplomate, Dr. Kelley Corcoran of Veterinary Vision of Virginia that we would like to share with our Service Animal community…She received a written commendation from the only veterinarian in the Army Corp. who is also a Brigadier General, thanking her for providing free eye care to all of the military animals (dogs and horses) in Virginia area since 9/11. This is a commendation of her dedication and continued generosity over the past 10+ years. She has also received several medals from the White House for her work. We’re proud of Dr. Corcoran and the MANY veterinary ophthalmologists who similarly act generously for a cause.

The letter photo shown here is linked to a full page pdf for ease of viewing.


A Brooklyn Bully "tail". Fun little video put together by a client showing Bulldog 'Petey' visiting the ophthalmologist. Dr. Sapienza's clinic, Long Island Veterinary Specialists, is highlighted.

Iris, a blind baby Harbor Seal is saved by SeaWorld, receives cataract surgery from an ACVO Diplomate at the Eye Care for Animals clinic and is successfully returned to the ocean. Video...
Eye Surgery on Blue Heron using Pig Bladder
Dr. Robert Swinger,
Hollywood Animal Hospital - S. Florida
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Dr. Carmen Colitz, Jupiter Pet Emergency & Specialty Center in S. Florida, performs cataract surgery on a South American Seal. Video...

Canine Dry Eye - AVMA Podcast
(with Dr. Cynthia Cook)

We tend to think of tears as a sign of emotion, but they provide a valuable functional purpose, for us and our dogs. Canine dry eye—otherwise known as “Keratoconjuncitivitis Sicca,” or KCS—can have serious health consequences for our dogs, but there are a number of effective treatments that can provide relief and comfort for our canine companions. In this podcast, Dr. Cynthia Cook, diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and a clinician at Veterinary Vision in the San Francisco Bay area, discusses canine dry eye.

Listen to the podcast.

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Complicated Procedure Performed On Snow Leopard Cub

(KUTV) A complicated procedure was performed on Thursday--the patient was a snow leopard cub.

Chimeegui was born with eyelid dysgenesis, which is a rare condition similar to a cleft palate of the eyelid.

It is not unheard of in cats. In snow leopards the cause of the defect is unknown.

Chim had a thorough eye exam and surgery at the Hogle Zoo's Animal Center to get fixed up

(Copyright 2012 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)


SAN DIEGO -- A young harbor seal rescued at South Mission Beach underwent cataract surgery this week, a procedure that might allow her to be returned to the ocean, Surgery was performed at Eye Care for Animals in Tustin by Dr. Doug Esson, a veterinary ophthalmologist

The story about 'Liberty'
(with Drs. Koch & Abrams)

See Dr. Paul Koch, MD and Dr. Ken Abrams, DACVO tell the story about Liberty, the Northern Goshawk who had to undergo Cataract and Laser Surgery for her eye condition. Watch this remarkable bird and the extraordinary staff at St. James Surgery Center improve her vision.

Koch Eye Associates, St James Surgery Center, Warwick, RI
Dr. Ken Abrams, Pet Eye Specialists


Dr. Diane Hendrix, University of Tennessee, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Knoxville, TN

Eagle's eye view - veterinary ophthalmologist documents 'normal' in birds of prey


Dr. Kelly Caruso, Small Animal Specialist Hospital, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia
Carmen Colitz, Aquatic Animal Eye Care, Jupiter, FL, USA

Ever wonder how an ophthalmologist removes a cataract from a seal? Drs. Kelly Caruso and Carmen Colitz volunteered to remove a cataract from a seal in Australia. This is a link to a TV show called, "Bondi Vet", which recorded the procedure. They are featured at minutes 10:30 and then 14:25.



Dr. Phil Pickett, Virginia Tech, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Nelson County, VA Black Bear Receives Eye Surgery
Dr. Jeannette M.A. da Silva Curiel, Animal Eye Care Clinics
Dr. Brian Marchione, Animal Eye Care Clinics

Number of Animal Vet Specialists on the Rise
Adkins Bat
Dr. Elizabeth Adkins, Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine

Tiny Bat Gets Tiny Eye Surgery
Dr. Anne-Marie Verbruggen, Diplomate European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

Zoo fits elephant with contact lens. Win Thida, an elephant in Amsterdam's zoo, has made history after being fitted with a jumbo-sized contact lens following an eye injury, a statement said Jan. 30.

Note from Dr. Verbruggen: There is no scientific background to it all. The jumbo size contact lens was a horse contact lens. Dr. Joe Wolfer, DACVO did an identical procedure in Canada, 20 years ago!
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Dr. Paul Barrett, Eye Care for Animals, Reno NV

"Stewie," Worlds Longest Cat Treated for Cancer by Eye Care for Animals.
MSNBC January 10, 2012 January 6, 2012

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Dr. William (Bill) Yakely, Animal Eye Clinic of Spokane, WA

Featured on NW Profiles, KSPS, "Vetrospective" video
Dr. Tom Sullivan, Animal Eye Clinic, Seattle, WA

Veterinary Q&A: Eye problems in aging dogs
VNN Video - "Protecting Your Pets Vision - Veterinary Ophthalmology"

When you look into your pet's eyes, what should you see?  Most people would say they might see a scheming cat planning her next outrageous stunt or a sad puppy dog, begging for that last piece of pizza!  For all the expressions we see in our pet's eyes, it's important to understand just how delicate and prone to injury the eyes really are.  Veterinarians see everything from minor scratches and irritation to severe blindness or even cataracts.  When the eye issue becomes complex, many pets are referred to their own eye care specialist...the Veterinary Ophthalmologist.  Watch this video to see the pet eye doctors in action!

September 22, 2011 - Veterinary News Network video promotion on veterinary ophthalmology and Service Dog event..
Dr. Carmen Colitz, Aquatic Animal Eye, Jupiter, FL

Dr. Colitz performed cataract surgery on two Australian Sea Lions from Underwater World at the Sunshine Coast Aquarium in Queensland, Australia.
pdf of article

Bromberg Otter

Dr. Nancy Bromberg, SouthPaws Ophthalmology, Fairfax, VA

Dr. Bromberg performed cataract surgery on "Dos Equis" a small-clawed otter at the National Zoo, as well as doing eyelid surgery on Tian Tian, one of the Nation Zoo's Giant Pandas.
Dr. Nancy Bromberg, SouthPaws Ophthalmology, Fairfax, VA

Dr. Bromberg was honored by Washington Animal Rescue League for volunteer ophthalmology services.
Allbaugh & Levi

Dr. Rachel Allbaugh, Kansas State University Veterinary Hospital , Manhattan, KS

Man's Love Saves Horse's Sight

Dr. J. Phillip Pickett, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Dr. Pickett Supervises Treatment of Peregrine Falcon and Bald Eagle from the Wildlife Center of Virginia


Dr. J. Phillip Pickett, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Peregrine Falcon Admitted to Wildlife Center




Dr. Joseph Wolfer, Animal Eye Clinic, Toronto, Canada

Darth Vader Now Sees the Light Side


(Photos courtesy of Scott Wight, Toronto Wildlife Centre.)
Dr. E. Dan Wolf, Southern Eye Clinic for Animals, Tampa, FL

Tampa Vet Sees That The Eyes Have It


Dr. Jeff Bowersox

Screech Owl Release


Dr.Carmen Colitz, Animal Eye Specialty Clinic, West Palm Beach, FL

Eye Problems Consign Boisterous Seal to Captivity


Dr. Carmen Colitz, Animal Eye Specialty Clinic, West Palm Beach, FL

Successful Sea Lion Surgery Brings Sighs of Relief at Zoo (link expired)



Dr. Nicole MacLaren, Eye Care for Animals, Last Lake City, UT

Out of Town Penguin Gets Eye Surgery in Salt Lake
Out of Town Penguin Gets Eye Surgery in Salt Lake (pdf)
Dr. Nicole MacLaren, Eye Care for Animals, Salt Lake City, UT

Hogle Zoo Monkey with Cataracts Gets Human Lenses (link expired)

Dr. James Clinton, The Animal Eye Clinic, Medford, NJ

Horse Recovering from New Glaucoma Procedure
Vet Performs Laser Eye Surgery on Horse (link expired)