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Shelby Reinstein, DAVCO



  • Board-Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist
  • Author of Guide to Clinical Ophthalmology


DVM and MS @ Kansas State University 2008; Small Animal Internship @ Michigan State University 2009; Ophthalmology Fellowship @ UPenn 2010; Ophthalmology Residency @ UPenn 2013; Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists 2013


Chief of Ophthalmology, Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (BluePearl PA) 2013-2020


Dr. Reinstein has a passion for continuing education and recently published the Guide to Clinical Ophthalmology, a handbook for general practitioners. She writes articles for Clinician’s Brief, Today’s Veterinary Practice, and is the ophthalmology consultant for the leading online CE company, VETgirl.


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Corneal Ulcers In Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

What Is A Corneal Ulcer? The cornea is the clear window of the eye and can develop scratches or abrasions, which are called corneal ulcers or corneal ulceration. Corneal ulcers can involve just the superficial layer of cornea, called the epithelium, or can progress deeper into the cornea involving the stroma or deepest layer of the cornea, Descemet’s membrane. Corneal...

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Feline Herpesvirus 1 (FHV-1) Infection: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment

Feline herpesvirus type 1 (FHV-1) is a very common viral infection in cats that causes upper respiratory infections (feline viral rhinotracheitis; FVR) and ocular diseases like conjunctivitis.  FHV-1 infection is the most common cause of ocular problems in cats and kittens. The initial infection most often develops in kittens around 8-12 weeks of age, and then most cats (estimated 80%)...

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Neonatal kitten

Eye Diseases In Neonatal Kittens: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

What Is Eye Disease In Neonatal Kittens? Neonatal (newborn) kittens can develop eye infections, also called “ophthalmia neonatorum,” as young as a few days to a few weeks of age. Most often, neonatal eye infections develop from bacteria or viruses transmitted from the queen (mother cat) during birth. Common symptoms of neonatal eye infections are red, irritated eyes with pus-like...

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Entropion In Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment​

Entropion is a condition where the eyelid margin rolls inward, causing eyelashes and fur to rub on the surface of the eye.  Entropion in cats can happen at any age but is most common in kittens or elderly cats. Entropion in cats can be caused by eye infections but may also cause an eye infection or damage to the eye...

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Uveitis In Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment​

Uveitis is a condition where the inside structures of the eye (the uvea) become inflamed. Uveitis in cats can be caused by a problem with the eye, like a scratch to the eye, or secondary to a systemic disease, like an infection. Treatment of uveitis in cats requires an extended course of therapy including anti-inflammatories but may also include other...

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