As in humans, animals can be affected by a wide range of eye diseases; and as in humans, an eye specialist may be called on to help. Eye diseases can affect the tissues around the eyes, including the eyelids and muscles that move the eye, as well as the eye itself. Your veterinarian deals with many eye problems, but the kind of equipment and training needed to diagnose and treat more complex animal eye diseases may mean your pet is referred to an ophthalmologist.

A common cause of blindness is cataracts. Advances in human medicine have meant that there are now treatments available to remove cataracts and this technology is available to treat animals at SASH. Placement of an artificial lens during cataract surgery means that the quality of vision restored is excellent.

Dr Colin Dunlop, a specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia, assists the Ophthalmology team to provide the best care to our anaesthetised patients. His expertise is particularly valuable in more complex cases where other diseases need to be considered.

When you come to the Ophthalmology service at SASH, your pet will receive a complete eye exam with one of our ophthalmologists. They will discuss options with you, and support you as you decide on the best treatment for your pet’s eye care. We will communicate with your vet, and discuss options for ongoing management with them.

In addition to diagnosing and treating eye diseases, the Ophthalmology service provides screening examination of pets for recognised hereditary eye diseases. This is part of the Australian Canine Eye Scheme (ACES). All animals can be tested under the scheme and will be issued a nationally-recognised certificate.

At Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) we currently have three specialists in Veterinary Ophthalmology across two sites – North Ryde and the Central Coast. Learn more about the SASH Ophthalmology team here.

Our dog Bevis is 12 and needed eye surgery to remove a growth from one eyelid and reshape two others to stop irritating his eyes. Dr Groth at SASH gave careful consideration to the type of anaesthetic they needed because of his age. The ophthalmology staff were friendly but professional and the eye surgery went well. Bevis is much happier.

– John