Ophthalmic - Eyes - Cherry Eye, Entropion, Cataracts

Eye Care:

Ophthalmic surgery 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 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, with eye drops or ointments.  However, some specific conditions may require surgery.

Our practice is fully equipped to offer the following eye surgeries:

Cherry Eye – This is a common condition where the tear gland in the lower part of the eye socket bulges out. This can be surgically put back to where it should be.

Entropion – Where the eye lids roll into the eye ball allowing the eye lashes to rub on the surface of the cornea.  This causes irritation and ultimately damages the cornea decreasing vision. We undertake cosmetic surgery is to correct this condition.

Eyelid tumour removal – These can irritate the cornea and are readily removed if surgery is undertaken early on when they are small and more manageable.

Corneal Ulcer Surgery – Often pets will run into grass or have an eye infection that results in the surface of the cornea becoming damaged.  This may become an ulcer and as such may require the cornea to be surgically scraped to allow the healing process to reoccur in a properly ordered fashion. 

Corneal Ulcers are often problematic and require long periods of treatment to resolve, so early intervention is best if your pet has developed one of these conditions.

Cataract Surgery – Central Vets & Pets is now offering removal of cataracts in pets.  These protein deposits found on the lens block light from getting to the retina and as such partial to full blindness can occur.  By removing the cataract, light can once again reach the retina (the lining at the back of the eyeball), with partial vision returning allowing the animal to move around more freely again and once again enjoy life more.

Enucleation (removal) of the eye – Sometimes the eye infection or trauma is so great that the only treatment method is removal of the entire eye ball.  Diseases such as severe glaucoma or cancer of the eye ball can also result in requiring this operation.  

 

Referral:

In some cases, we may not be able to fix your pets eye condition as it may require specialist equipment to resolve.  In these cases, Central Vets & Pets has a simple referral service for you so that your pet can receive best ophthalmic care available.