Every May, veterinarians board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology provide free screening eye exams to qualified working animals.
The exams cover formally trained service, working or therapy animals that are currently on the job. Some of these animals serve to guide or offer comfort, provide hearing assistance or help folks with other disabilities. Others sniff out drugs, partner with the military or police or perform search and rescue missions. The exams are meant to screen for problems but not to assist in treating animals with previously diagnosed eye issues.
During the month of May, around 75 hundred eye exams are expected to be performed throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. The goal is to protect the eyesight of devoted animals who selflessly care for others.