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Armour Veterinary Ophthalmology

Armour Veterinary Ophthalmology, led by board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Micki Armour, provides advanced medical and surgical care for patients with ophthalmic diseases.  

Advanced diagnostics and therapeutics:

  • Schirmer tear test, rebound tonometry, tear film assessment, fluorescein stain
  • Gonioscopy
  • Ocular ultrasonography
  • Electroretinography
  • Endocyclophotocoagulation and goniovalve placement for glaucoma
  • Transscleral photocoagulation
  • Cryotherapy
  • Retinopexy
  • Corneal transplant

Commonly treated conditions:

  • Indolent ulceration
  • Deep stromal ulcerations and corneal rupture
  • Cataracts and cataract surgery
  • Glaucoma – primary and secondary
  • Endothelial decompensation
  • Corneal dystrophy and degeneration
  • Uveitis
  • Immune mediated keratitis/Episcleritis
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca
  • Corneal sequestrum
  • Feline herpesvirus
  • Retinopathies – SARDS, retinal degeneration, progressive retinal atrophy
  • Pigmentary Uveitis of Golden Retrievers
  • Eyelid diseases – entropion/ectropion, ectopic cilia/distichia/trichiasis
  • Prolapsed third eyelid gland (“cherry eye”)

Corneal transplant:

In 2017, Dr. Armour successfully completed the first ever corneal transplant for endothelial decompensation in a dog. Our goal is to be a leading center for providing vision enhancing corneal transplants for patients that would otherwise undergo painful corneal bullae formation, secondary ulceration, and often enucleation. If you would like more information regarding corneal transplantation in our canine patients, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Typical case of Chronic Endothelial Decompensation

Lucky in May 2018 with clear 6x6mm central corneal transplant

In collaboration with Qura and leaders in the field of human glaucoma, Dr. Armour has been instrumental in the development of a wireless implantable pressure sensor that can measure and monitor changes in eye pressure. The device transmits alerts in real time via text or email to physicians and other caregivers identified by the user to receive them. Memory in the device allows for data storage and is accessible for review by medical professionals on either a mobile device or computer. Dr. Armour will be publishing and presenting her data over the next 12 months.

Dr. Armour’s residency was heavily focused on potential surgical and medical therapeutic options for patients with glaucoma. If you have a patient with glaucoma, please let us know as soon as possible, as we are outfitted with endocyclophotocoagulation and goniovalve/goniotubing capabilities, as well as trans-scleral therapy. For cataract surgery in high risk breeds for glaucoma or postoperative hypertension (cocker spaniels, huskies, labradors, etc) she will often prophylactically endolaser to decrease the risk of complications in the future. When your patientdevelops cataracts, it can be a devastating change in their (and your) daily life. Cataract surgery, and the restoration of sight to a pet that cannot see, is one of the greatest gifts that a veterinary ophthalmologist can provide to a pet. Watching a patient wake up after cataract surgery and see you for the first time is Dr. Armour’s favorite part to her job. She uses cutting edge technology and state of the art equipment to provide your patient with the best possible outcome. If you would like to have more information regarding cataract surgery, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Dr. Armour is also in the process of developing contact lenses to treat chronic keratoconjunctivitis sicca. 

How to refer:

To discuss a case, call us directly at 202.567.2089 or email AVO@friendshiphospital.com.  Emergent cases can be referred through Friendship’s urgent care/emergency service for transfer to ophthalmology.  The attending doctor can contact Dr. Armour for cases admitted after hours. You may also complete a referral form on our website so that we may contact the client directly or be prepared for their call.

Armour Veterinary Ophthalmology sees appointments at Friendship, Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm.

For more information, visit www.armoureyevet.com

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