Ophthalmology examines the anatomy, function and disease of the eye, and the Ophthalmology department at The Hope Center is dedicated to increasing the comfort and visual ability of pets. Led by Dr. Elizabeth Adkins, the department utilizes advanced techniques and equipment to cure a wide variety of ocular problems due to defect, disease or trauma.

The Ophthalmology department at The Hope Center is available Monday – Thursday, 7am-5pm. Doctors are available for emergencies through the Emergency Department as indicated.

Some of the most common procedures performed include repairs of eyelid abnormalities, glaucoma therapy, surgical repair of corneal ulcerations and perforations, and cataract surgery.

Department Contact Information

Phone: 703-281-2277
Fax: 703-242-4777
Email: Eyes@hopecenter.com


Our Ophthalmology department offers a wide variety of medical and surgical options for improving the health and function of the eye. A number of these procedures are detailed below.


  • Surgical correction of eyelid and eyelash defects
  • Tumor resection
  • Replacement of prolapsed 3rd eyelid gland (cherry eye)
  • Enucleation (removal of eye) and evisceration (placement of globe prosthesis)
  • Treatment of non-healing corneal ulcers
  • Laser treatment and surgery for glaucoma
  • Conjunctival grafts for deep or infected corneal ulcers
  • Direct corneal suturing for corneal laceration


  • Laser destruction of iris cysts
  • Retinal laser or cryopexy for retinal tears
  • Cataract surgery including intraocular lens replacement
  • Removal of luxated lens

Medical Management

  • Diseases leading to severe discomfort or blindness
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS or dry eye)
  • Uveitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Optic Neuritis

OFA Eye Registery Exams

CERF Exams


Ophthalmology Veterinarians

  • Elizabeth Adkins, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVO

    Dr. Elizabeth Adkins, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist, became the head of The Hope Center Ophthalmology Department in May of 2009. She joined The Hope Center after serving as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin for two years. From 2004-2007 Dr. Adkins practiced in Massachusetts and Illinois. Dr. Adkins is a graduate of The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and returned there for her residency program after receiving a Master’s degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (concentration area: Pharmacology) from North Carolina State University.

    In addition to being a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, Dr Adkins is also a member of National Shiba Club of America. Dr. Adkins has three Shiba Inus, including one from Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue. Dr. Adkins also consults at the National Zoo.

    Dr. Adkins is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Technical Staff

  • Kirsten Krivonak, LVT
  • Laura Singleton, LVT

    Laura has worked in veterinary medicine since 1989 when she began working at a small animal practice and doing volunteer work at a local shelter. She quickly realized she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and chose to join the Army Veterinary Corps. In the Veterinary Corps she taught classes as an instructor at the Army’s Animal Care Specialist School in Washington DC. During her 5-year enlistment she worked with everything from military working dogs to marine mammals.

    When her enlistment was up she continued to work in small animal practice and joined The Hope Center (Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Northern Virginia at that time) working in emergency medicine. She graduated cum laude from the Veterinary Technology Program at NVCC in 1999. Laura eventually left her position on the emergency side of the Hope Center to begin working in the Oncology Department in January of 2011, and she thoroughly enjoys working within the fascinating field of oncology.

    She lives with her husband and two cats, Old Boy and Delilah. Her interests include reading, hiking, and taking pottery classes.

    Laura is a member of VCS (Veterinary Cancer Society).

Ophthalmology Front Desk Staff

  • Michael Norris
  • Sarah Hoffer
Hospital Location: 140 Park Street SE
Vienna, VA 22180
Contact Numbers: Tel (703) 281-5121
Fax (703) 281-0149

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