Burke Road Veterinary Clinic 03 9822 3268

Ophthalmic

Ophthalmology is the specific area of pet care involving treatment of an animal’s eyes. For certain breeds, this service also involves the examination and certification of breeding dogs to verify their eyes are in good condition.

Eye examinations require the use of an ophthalmoscope (a specialised magnified light source to look into the eye), which we will use to start the assessment of any eye problem. 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) and asses the patency of the nasolacrimal ducts. We will often also measure your pet's tear production, as inadequacies in this can lead to a range of secondary eye problems. Many eye conditions can be treated medically, however, specific conditions may require surgery.

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 ocular damage from inward rolling eye/oversized 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)

Our veterinarians can also refer your pet to a veterinary ophthalmologist for specialised procedures such as ocular ultrasound, vision testing or cataract removal.