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.
Many breeds of dogs are prone to glaucoma (an increase in intraocular pressure) which causes pain and can lead to blindness if not caught early. Often the only outward sign is redness of the eyes - which is also true for many other eye diseases. The tonopen gives us a quick, easy way to measure the eye pressure so treatment can be intituted early. It is also invaluble in monitoring the treatment for glaucoma.
Our practice is fully equipped to offer the following eye surgeries:
Enucleation (removal) of the eye for severe glaucoma or cancer cases
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
Surgery to repair corneal ulcers (ulcers on the eye surface)
Our veterinarians can also refer your pet to a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist for specialised procedures such as eye ultrasound, vision testing or cataract removal.