What is ophthalmology?
Veterinary ophthalmologists deal with conditions affecting the eyes. Diseases affecting the eye can occur at any age, can sudden in onset and rapidly progressive or insidious and slowly progressive and potentially result in blindness.
Given the potential for diseases of the eye to result in irreversible damage and subsequent loss of sight, the opinion of an ophthalmologist is often sought early on, to ensure that the best management plan is in place. Some conditions which our ophthalmologists can help with include;
- Congenital abnormalities of the eye or eyelid
- Corneal ulcers
- Dry eye
Why seek the opinion of a veterinary specialist?
All veterinary surgeons are highly trained medical professionals. Veterinary surgeons working in general practice are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to caring for your pet and are always the first point of contact for any questions or problems with regards to your pet’s health. Examples of when a consultation with one of our specialists could be helpful include;
- You need help deciding which treatment to pursue for your pet
- Previous tests have failed to reach a definitive diagnosis
- A diagnosis has already been made but the prognosis / outcome is unclear
- A diagnosis has already been made but the best treatment option is unknown
- The next steps to investigate your pet’s problem are unclear
- Your primary care vet has has suggested consulting a specialist, but you are not sure if you can commit the time, travel or finances associated with visiting a specialist centre
- Your pet has not responded to previously tried treatments
- There appears to be multiple and varying options for your pet and you are not sure which to choose
- You or your local vet would just like to have the additional ‘piece-of-mind’ that comes with having the opinion of a specialist
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