Ophthalmology

Animal eye specialists - Sydney & Central Coast

Your pet 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 in animals can affect the tissues around the eyes, including the eyelids and muscles that move the eye, as well as the eye itself.

Your local 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 a veterinary ophthalmologist.

Our veterinary ophthalmologists will provide your pet with a comprehensive eye exam. 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.

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.

Our team of specialist in Veterinary Anaesthetists, assist the Ophthalmology team to provide the best care to our anaesthetised patients. Their expertise is particularly valuable in more complex cases where other diseases need to be considered.

At Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) we currently have four specialists in Veterinary Ophthalmology across two sites – North Ryde and the Central Coast.

“Our dog Bevis is 12 and needed eye surgery to remove a growth from one eyelid and reshape two other 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 ere friendly but professional and the eye surgery went well. Bevis is much happier.”

John

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