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) and tonometer (device for measuring the pressure of an eyeball – used to check for glaucoma). 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:
- Surgery to repair corneal ulcers (ulcers on the eye surface)
- Cherry eye surgery to correct a protruding third eyelid in dogs
- Entropion surgery to prevent ocular damage from inward pointing eye lashes/eyelids
- Ectropion surgery to correct outward facing lower eyelids
- Eyelid tumour removal
- Enucleation (removal) of the eye for severe glaucoma or cancer cases
- Many other surgical procedures of the eye, eyelids and surrounding tissues as needed.
We also have a full suite of eye examination equipment for eye exams in consultation or under sedation, including performing tests to check tear production, eyeball pressure, lens examination and examination of the back of the eye.
If you’re worried about the health of your pet’s eyes, please call us on 03 9877 3999.