Ophthalmology is the specific area of pet care involving treatment of your pet's eyes. This covers everything from objects in the eye, corneal ulcers, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, eyelid lumps and malformations within the eye or eyelid structures. Eyes are a very delicate area, so you may be referred to an eye specialist for more advanced diagnosis and surgery.
Eye examinations require specific equipment, such as an ophthalmoscope (a magnifying light to look into the eye). Your veterinarian may also use a special dye called fluorescein (it glows a green/yellow colour under a UV light) to identify damage to the cornea (the clear layer at the front of the eye). Many eye conditions can be treated medically, but some conditions may require surgery
Our practice is fully equipped to offer the following eye surgeries:
- Enucleation (removal) of the eye for severe trauma, glaucoma or cancer cases
- Entropion surgery to prevent eye damage from inward rolling eye lashes or eyelids
- Ectropion surgery to correct outward rolling lower eyelids
- Eyelid tumour removal
- Basic cherry eye surgery to correct a protruding third eyelid in dogs - for more complicated versions of this surgery, your veterinarian will offer referral to an ophthalmology specialist
- Surgery to repair corneal ulcers (ulcers on the eye surface)
- Eye ultrasound to assess inside the eye.
Your veterinarian can also refer your pet to a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist for specialised procedures such as vision testing, advanced ulcer surgeries, or cataract removal.
If you have any concerns with your pet's eyes, please make an appointment to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. While many eye conditions can be successfully treated, there are some cases in which treatment must be started immediately in order to save the sight in that eye.