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Animal Eye Care Center, LLC

‘A Site for Sore Eyes’

We’ve helped thousands of animals improve their eyesight for over twenty-seven years.



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please contact the office at 301-990-6373

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"Thank you very much for your kindness, generosity, and expertise in examining and treating Abby. Your consultation on her case, diagnosis and treatment recommendations have been critically important and extremely beneficial to the healing process in Abby’s right eye. I am very grateful."

Dr. Fear  

"Dr. Smith, I want to thank you for the wonderful job you did removing Romney’s eye. I’ve noticed how carefully you preserved his good looks: you slanted the surgical scar at an angle that matches his remaining eye and you saved some of the eyebrow whiskers. Romney is still quite a handsome fellow! Thank you for the good care that you’ve given both my cats! I really appreciate it."

Susannah C.  

"We just wanted to express our sincerest appreciation for your attention to our little Sammy with the stuck eyelids. We had no idea what to expect as an outcome and were so relieved his condition was treatable and you offered to do the procedure right on the same day. We can only imagine how grateful Sammy is to have sight in that eye! We cannot thank you and your staff enough for the kindness and compassion shown by everyone at the Animal Eye Care Center!"

Better Days Animal League

"Thank you for the great care! Archie is doing excellent and it even seems that the extra drainage has subsided. Great practice, care, and pricing! The first place we took him to wasn't a great experience, and not to mention they wanted around $3,000. So happy we decided to get a second opinion."

Mary R.





Dr. Smith established the Animal Eye Care Center (AECC) in 1995. The AECC is a referral-only practice for the exclusive treatment of medical and surgical eye conditions of animals. The center is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland a northwest suburb of Washington, DC. It is conveniently located 0.2 miles between two major roadways, Route 355 and Interstate 270, on Shady Grove Road. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Dr. Smith is available to see eye emergencies Monday morning through Thursday evenings and commonly performs emergency surgery. Reserved parking for our clients is available directly in front of the office.

The AECC features many tools and technology for the optimal care of pets with eye diseases. These include: indirect and biomicroscope examination of your pets eyes, streak retinoscopy (refraction), eye pressure, tear quantity, and quality measurements, fluorescein stain, as well as, ocular ultrasonography, electroretinography (to test retinal function), a full operating room suite with several multi-head operating microscopes, the latest technology in phacoemulsification (for cataract removal), laser therapy, cryotherapy, and radiofrequency electrocautery.

Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and was a private practitioner in Bethlehem, PA for five years. Dr. Smith completed his ophthalmology training at the University of California-Davis and became a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1994. Dr. Smith has fostered an excellent reputation in the area and has been featured in the Washingtonian for many years as one of the region's Best Veterinary Ophthalmologists. He has authored several articles for veterinary journals and has spoken at veterinary meetings across the United States on ophthalmology topics.

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