New eye care clinic for creatures

Central Point, Ore — Animals in the Rogue Valley are likely to see a brighter future now that a new doctor is in town.

Phoenix the golden eagle is doing fine after a February surgery to remove a cataract in his left eye.

“He is back to it, he has gained weight and he’s working well with his handlers,” said Dr. Cassandra Bliss.

Now Phoenix’s doctor, Ophthalmologist Cassandra Bliss is spreading her own wings in Central Point and opening a practice for all earth’s creatures.

“State of the art diagnostic equipment, surgical equipment, we can do everything from glaucoma surgery, cataract surgery to restore vision, everything here, in our hospital,” said Dr. Bliss. She’s the only Ophthalmologist of it’s kind within 150 miles. No easy feat given the huge variety of eyes in the animal kingdom.

“Distinct differences, birds have bones in their eyes, which many people don’t know, also the lenses which allow us to see near and far vary from small to huge where it almost takes up 80-percent of the eye,” said Dr. Bliss

It’s a challenge Dr. Bliss is willing to take on for all creatures big and small.

Next month Bliss Animal Eye Care is offering free eye exams for service animals but you have to sign up before May. Find out more at ACVO EYE EXAM

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