Ophthalmic Care

Ophthalmology is the specific area of pet care involving treatment of an animal’s eyes. 

Eye examinations require specific equipment, such as an ophthalmoscope (a magnifying light to look into the eye). Our veterinarians often use a special dye called fluorescein which fluoresces a green/yellow colour under UV light to identify any damage to the cornea (the clear layer at the front of the eye). We may also check the tear production in your pet's eyes. We also have a tonometer available to check the pressure inside your pet’s eye which is raised with a condition called glaucoma.

Many eye conditions can be treated medically, however, specific conditions may require surgery.

When to seek help?

It is recommended to phone the clinic to make an urgent appointment if your pet has the following signs;

  • Squinting or closing of the eye
  • Excessive tearing
  • Rubbing at the eye
  • Red, irritated eye
  • Discoloured eye - blue, black, yellow, or red
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Eye seems swollen or large
  • Vision abnormalities
  • Different sized pupils

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 eye 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)