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Ophthalmology

Our Ophthalmology Service is led by Dr. Pizzirani and Dr. Pumphrey who are both board-certified ophthalmologists with extensive equine experience. Together, they provide a full range of diagnostic, surgical and therapeutic treatments.

All patients receive a thorough ocular examination, which includes fluorescein staining, intraocular pressure measurement and a fundic evaluation. Additional diagnostic services that are available include vision evaluation, ocular ultrasound, electroretinography, CT and MRI.  While the majority of our caseload consists of known or suspected eye diseases, we are also available to perform pre-purchase ocular examinations on horses.

We regularly perform a wide range of surgical procedures ranging from the management of eyelid and ocular surface tumors and lacerations to laser treatment for iris cysts or glaucoma to corneal grafting and placement of suprachoroidal cyclosporine implants for equine recurrent uveitis.

We can perform many of these procedures while our patients are under sedation. In cases requiring general anesthesia, we work in conjunction with our experienced Anesthesia Service, staffed by board-certified anesthesiologists and anesthesia technicians who have extensive equine experience.

Because we understand that your time is important, and that transport is not always easy, we are usually able to arrange for procedures to be performed on the same day as your appointment or the day following the appointment. In many cases, we can also work with your primary care veterinarian for rechecks and aftercare. If you believe your horse may need a procedure, please have your veterinarian call us to discuss the details and set up an appointment.

Our Team

  • Stefano Pizzirani

    Stefano Pizzirani

    DVM, PhD, DECVS, DACVO

  • Dr. Stephanie A Pumphrey

    Stephanie Pumphrey

    DVM, DACVO

Stefano Pizzirani

Stefano Pizzirani

DVM, PhD, DECVS, DACVO

Dr. Stefano Pizzirani is a veterinarian board-certified in both ophthalmology and surgery. He is particularly interested in ocular immunology and the pathophysiology of glaucoma, as well as surgical treatments for cataracts and other corneal diseases. He also teaches ophthalmology to Cummings School’s third-year students and mentors fourth-year students, interns and residents in their clinical rotations. The son of a veterinarian father, Dr. Pizzirani found a natural interest in veterinary medicine.  While pursuing his DVM degree at Pisa University, he began to develop a particular interest in ocular diseases, which led him to obtain board certification in ophthalmology. Dr Pizzirani also has his PhD from Sicily Messina University.

Ophthalmology Service
Dr. Stephanie A Pumphrey

Stephanie Pumphrey

DVM, DACVO

Dr. Stephanie Pumphrey treats a wide range of equine ocular diseases. Her primary interest is in nonsurgical alternatives for the treatment of corneal ulcers and abscesses. She regularly performs a variety of ocular surgeries in horses, including tumor removals, grafts for corneal ulcers and cyclosporine implants for equine recurrent uveitis. Dr. Pumphrey earned her DVM from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts. She went on to complete her ophthalmology residency at Cummings School in 2012 and became board-certified the same year. Dr. Pumphrey took a less traditional route to her DVM, completing a PhD in American literature prior to applying to veterinary school. While a PhD student, she got her first dog, and in spending time with her local veterinarian she realized that veterinary medicine was a better fit for her skills and interests than the humanities. During veterinary school, she completed several rotations on the ophthalmology service and was attracted to the discipline for its combination of medicine and surgery, and for its obvious impact on the quality of life of its patients.

Ophthalmology Service
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