Ophthalmology

 

A prompt and efficient referral service for all types of eye diseases in small animals

 

As a pet owner you’ll know eye disease is common in small animals. Our Ophthalmology team are kept busy treating conditions like cataracts, corneal ulcers, entropion (in-turning of the eyelids), dry eye, inflammation of the eye, glaucoma, tumours and retinal diseases. We love nothing more than seeing the joy for both pet and owner when a small animal’s vision is repaired or restored.

 

Cataract removal is one of the most common reasons pets are referred to us. Cataracts are common in dogs and may be inherited, be due to old age, or develop as a consequence of diseases such as diabetes mellitus. Whatever the cause, early referral is recommended for all cataract assessments.

 

At our initial consultation we will examine the eye and discuss potential phacoemulsification cataract surgery with you. Not all cases are suitable for surgery, or you may not wish to proceed with surgery. If cataract surgery is indicated, this usually can be performed within 1 to 4 weeks. If cataracts are present in both eyes, we can remove both the cataracts at the same time, if desired. Following removal of the cataracts, we will usually place an intraocular (artificial) lens inside the eye so that optimum vision is restored.

 

We also offer BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme examinations (‘eye scores’) for dogs. A BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme examination is strongly advised if you are planning to use your dog for breeding. This involves performing an ophthalmic examination and issuing a certificate confirming that your dog has been checked for inherited eye diseases. You can contact us directly to arrange this type of eye test for your dog.

 

We perform all types of extraocular and intraocular surgery including:

  • Phacoemulsification cataract surgery
  • Intraocular len placement
  • Lens luxation surgery
  • Entropion and facelift surgery
  • Electrolysis for treatment of distichiasis (extra eyelashes)
  • Electroretinography (ERG) 
  • Diagnostic workup for blindness

Meet the Team

David Gould

RCVS and EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology and Head of Ophthalmology

BSc(Hons) BVM&S PhD FRCVS DVOphthal DipECVO

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Georgie Fricker

RCVS and EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

BVSc MRCVS CertVOphthal DipECVO

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Rachel Lockhart

Resident in Ophthalmology

BVM&S CertVOphthal MRCVS

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Kerry Smith

RCVS and EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

BVetMed MRCVS CertVOphthal DipECVO

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Agata Tsvetanova

Resident in Ophthalmology

DVM GPcert(Ophthal) MRCVS

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"What an amazing team of people! The care my dog received here was second to none. I had so many worries and questions about her disease and they were so patient and understanding with me. Would not hesitate to recommend Davies to anyone."

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