Veterinary Ophthalmology

The Animal Medical Center of Seattle’s ophthalmology service offers the highest level of specialty ophthalmic care for pets in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Our advanced medical diagnostic and surgical equipment allows us to diagnose your pet’s eye disease and develop a treatment plan that works for both your pet and your family, with the goals of comfort and vision in mind.  We also work closely with your primary veterinarian to achieve these goals long term.

Kristina Gronkiewicz, DVM, MS, DACVO

Kristina Gronkiewicz, DVM, MS, DACVO

Dr. Kristina Gronkiewicz is an Illinois native who received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois in 2012, graduating with high honors.

Dr. Gronkiewicz then completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at Oklahoma State University. Once her internship was complete, she started a three-year comparative ophthalmology residency and master’s program at the University of Missouri.

Within two years, Dr. Gronkiewicz received a Master’s of Science degree and upon completion of the residency program in 2016, Dr. Gronkiewicz became a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist. In addition to being a diplomate of American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO), Dr. Gronkiewicz also serves on the ACVO’s public relations committee, helping pet owners understand the importance of veterinary ophthalmologists.

After her residency, Dr. Gronkiewicz left the Midwest and relocated to northern California, practicing at a multi-doctor veterinary ophthalmology clinic near Sacramento from 2016-2020. In Sacramento, Dr. Gronkiewicz served as a member at large (2017-2018) and then president (2018-2019) of the Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association (SVVMA).

Dr. Gronkiewicz is now looking forward to the next stage of her career and is excited to establish the ophthalmology department at Animal Medical Center of Seattle. Dr. Gronkiewicz loves all aspects of ophthalmology, but she has a special interest in corneal, glaucoma and cataract surgeries.

When Dr. Gronkiewicz is not in the office, she can be found spending time with her significant other, Ryan and their feisty tortoiseshell cat, Molly and talkative terrier, Eddie. There is never a quiet moment in their household.

 

Common Ophthalmic Conditions

 

  • Eyelid abnormalities, including third eyelid gland prolapse
  • Eye trauma
  • Corneal ulceration
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (Dry eye disease)
  • Uveitis (Inflammation inside the eye)
  • Conjunctivitis (Allergic and infectious)
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal disease
  • Vision loss and blindness
  • Cataracts
  • Ocular tumors
  • Lens luxation

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Signs of Ocular Disease

 

  • Squinting
  • Discharge or tearing
  • Redness
  • Rubbing
  • Swelling
  • Cloudiness
  • Change in eye color
  • Elevation of third eyelid
 

Specialty Diagnostic Equipment

 

  • Slit lamp biomicroscopy
  • Binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Tonometry
  • Schirmer tear test
  • Gonioscopy
  • Electroretinogram
  • Ocular ultrasound, including ultrasonic biomicroscopy (UBM)
  • Anterior segment and fundic (retinal) photography

 

Advanced Surgical Procedures

 

  • Phacoemulsification with intraocular lens placement
  • Endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation
  • Ahmed valve implantation
  • Eyelid mass removal
  • Third eyelid gland replacement
  • Cryotherapy (adjunctive chemotherapy or cryoepilation)
  • Grafting of deep or ruptured ulcers
  • Blepharoplasties (reconstructive or corrective eyelid surgery)
  • Parotid duct transposition
  • Endolaser cyclophotocoagulation (ECP) – Click here to learn more.