Ophthalmic surgery is the specific area of pet care involving treatment of an animal’s eyes. For certain breeds, this service also involves the examination and certification of breeding dogs to verify their eyes are in good condition.
Eye examinations require specific equipment, such as an ophthalmoscope (a magnifying light to look into the eye). Our veterinarians 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, however, specific conditions may require surgery
Our practice is fully equipped to offer the following eye surgeries:
- Enucleation (removal) of the eye for severe glaucoma, trauma or cancer cases
- Glaucoma can be diagnosed using our specialised Tonvet device for measuring intra-ocular pressure
- Entropion surgery to prevent ocular damage from inward pointing eye lashes/eyelids
- Ectropion surgery to correct outward facing lower eyelids
- Eyelid tumour removal
- Cherry eye surgery to correct a protruding third eyelid in dogs
Our veterinarians can also refer your pet to a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist for specialised procedures such as eye ultrasound, vision testing or cataract removal.
If you pet has been holding the eye closed or partly closed for more than a few hours, then examination is recommended quitesoon if possible. Grass seeds are commonly removed from animals eyes, and the longer they are trapped in the eye the more damage and pain they cause.
Corneal ulcers are very common in dogs especially, and will need special eye medication to give then the best chance of healing.