The Ophthalmology Unit was established in 1975 and is one of the largest in Europe.

The team are passionate about improving the quality of lives of animals with ocular disease and treat over 1000 cases a year

We accept referrals of any species with an eye problem. We are also committed to providing state of the art education and training for referring vets in ophthalmology for those that share our passion for eyes.

What we offer:

  • Full investigations of ocular disease with on-site laboratory facilities, pathology and diagnostic imaging
  • Microsurgical operating with a state-of-the-art operating microscope and surgical instruments
  • Complicated entropion surgery including face lift procedures
  • Lacrimal surgery such as parotid duct transpositions and nasolacrimal duct obstructions
  • Cataract surgery on small animals, horses and exotics
  • Electrolysis for distichiasis
  • Cryotherapy for distichiasis, periocular tumours and glaucoma
  • Strontium plesiotherapy for adnexal and periocular tumours in small animals, horses and exotics
  • Laser retinal surgery (for partial retinal detachments or retinal tears)
  • Laser glaucoma surgery (including endoscopic laser)
  • Vitrectomy on both small animals and horses
  • Investigation of genetic ocular disease

Specialist equipment

  • Indirect ophthalmoscopy, slit lamp biomicroscopy, gonioscopy
  • Designated ophthalmic ultrasonography – 18mHz
  • Electroretinography and retinal camera (RetCam)
  • Operating microscope (up to 45 x magnification)
  • Whitestar Signature phacoemulsification unit
  • External and endoscopic diode laser
  • Cryotherapy