Ophthalmology

Ocular disease in animals is common and may be due to injuries, systemic health, breed or genetics. Animals suffer many similar eye diseases that affect humans. Advances in both human and veterinary medicine have increased the ability to both diagnose and treat many of these diseases.


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Examples of some of the most common diseases are listed below.

• Eyelid Abnormalities
• Entropion (eyelid turned in) and ectropion (eyelid turned out)
• Distichiasis (extra eyelashes which are irritant)
• Ectopic cilia (abnormal hair growth on inside eyelid)
• Eyelid tumours
• Cherry eye ( prolapse of gland of the third eyelid)
• Corneal disease
• Corneal ulcer
• Corneal sequestrum (darkly pigmented area in the cornea)
• Descemetocoele (bulging through large, deep corneal ulcer)
• Glaucoma (increase in pressure in the eye)
• Uveitis (inflammation of the middle layer of the eye)
• Lens disease
• Cataracts (clouding or opacity of the lens)
• Luxation (abnormal lens position)
• Orbital tumours and abscesses
• Intraocular tumours
• Retinal diseases
• Retinal detachment
• Retinal degeneration
• Retinal dysplasia (abnormality in development of retina)


Eye health and vision are essential to your pet’s quality of life. During regular check ups, we will monitor your pets’ eye health. Our own vets will treat most eye conditions and injuries. For more complex cases, we have a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist that visits our practice regularly. Natasha Mitchell MVB CertVOphthal MRCVS is a full time Veterinary Ophthalmologist who is very experienced in advanced ocular diagnostics and surgical procedures using specialised equipment and techniques.

Symptoms to watch for and to get checked out by your vet include:
• Squinting
• Red or inflamed eye
• Cloudy eye
• Decreased vision
• Ocular discharge


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