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Veterinary Eye Care

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3783 Pine Lane, SE
Bessemer, AL 35022
Phone: 205-428-5256
Fax: 205-428-8704

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  • Cataract surgery with lens implants
  • Ocular ultrasonography
  • Corneal diseases and surgery: ulcers, grafting, transplants
  • Congenital ocular anomalies
  • Canine Eye Registry Exam (CERF): breeding exam for hereditary diseases
  • Infectious ophthalmic diseases
  • Immune mediated ophthalmic diseases
  • Ocular manifestations of systemic diseases
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Laser surgery: glaucoma, uveal melanoma, and selected retinal disorders
  • Lens luxation management and surgery
  • Electroretinography
  • Glaucoma diagnosis and management: medical, surgical (laser, shunt)
  • Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca): medical and surgical management
  • Retinal and optic nerve disease: diagnosis and management
  • Eyelid abnormalities and reconstruction: entropion, eyelid tumor, eyelid agenesis, distichia/ectopic cilia
  • Prolapsed third eyelid (Cherry Eye) repair
  • Sudden blindness: diagnosis and management


  • Digital X-rays (CDs available)
  • Ocular ultrasonography
  • Teleradiological consultation

Anesthesia Monitoring

  • Heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature
  • Pulseoximetry
  • Capnography (EtCO2 monitoring)
  • Electrocardiography
  • Blood pressure (Doppler and Oscillometric)

Diagnostic Laboratory In-House

  • CBC
  • Biochemistry
  • Urinalysis
  • Refractometry
  • Urine ketones
  • Electrolytes
  • Glucometer
  • Lactate
  • Packed cell volume/total solids
  • Coagulation testing
  • Blood gas
  • Cytology with Cytospin technology
  • Fecal floatation/cytology
  • Infectious disease testing: Heartworm, FeLV/FIV/FeHW, Parvovirus
  • Snap cPL (pancreatitis test)


  • Appointments are by referral only from your family veterinarian. View Referral Form
  • Daytime emergencies: only by referral from your family veterinarian View Referral Form
  • Bring your pet's previous and current medications with you
  • Do not feed your pet on the day of appointment if surgery is anticipated
  • Bring copies (if available) of your pet's medical record (i.e., results of previous blood work, medication history, etc.) and X-rays

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Services We provide the most advanced and specialized eye care for your pet. Click here to learn more about our services. Online Forms Patient forms are available online for your convenience. Or you may complete them when you arrive for your appointment. The information allows us to provide the most efficient and effective communication and service to you and your family veterinarian. 


Dr. Nelms and her staff are great folks to trust your pets precious eyesight to! They did a great job with our Lab's eye sight. 6 months ago he was almost totally blind. He's done great since the surgery, and is now very active and happy. I highly recommend Dr. Nelms.

- David M. / Bessemer, AL

Office Hours


For after hours emergencies, please contact Alabama Veterinary Emergency Services at 205.481.1001.

Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Meet the Doctor

Meet Dr. Nelms Dr. Nelms is a graduate of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a post-doctoral surgery and medicine internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. Read More



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