Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology

We are pleased to offer the following facilities at our Bury Road surgery:

Our clinical director Ellen Coker BVSc MRCVS has undertaken extensive further studying in small animal ophthalmology and in July 2018 passed her BSAVA PGCert examinations and will be looking to apply for advanced practitioner status shortly upon completion of her oral vivas. This means Ellen is well placed to assess eye cases in more depth than some first opinion practitioners but may still need to refer you for more specialist procedures. Ellen offers the following services at our Bury Road clinic:

  • Biomicroscopy (slit lamp)
  • Tonometry using a Tonopen
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Biochemistry/haematology/electrolytes
  • Imaging including radiography and ultrasonography
  • Wide choice of bandage contact lenses
  • Magnification for corneal procedures
  • Eyelid mass removal with reconstructive surgery
  • Parotid duct transposition
  • Conjunctival grafting procedure
  • Management of glaucoma
  • Management of refractory dry eye cases
  • Assessment of any ocular conditions

Appointments

A 20-30 appointment is allotted for each case when a full history is taken and clinical examination is carried out including mydriasis.

Following this, further investigations and/or treatment options are discussed – the relative merits and costs involved.

For urgent cases, it is usually possible to arrange an appointment and assessment the same day if Ellen is on duty. Most cases for investigation will have to stay at the practice for several hours.

Case selection information for vets

Ellen is always happy to discuss any cases and give friendly advice over the phone or look at pictures you may send to us by email.

If you want us to assess a case we can offer the following:

  • Full ophthalmic exam
  • Assessment and discussion of treatment options for distichiasis (may refer to a specialist if needs electrolysis)
  • Any lid surgery (blepharoplasty – entropion, ectropion, lid shortening, nasal fold ablation, canthoplasty, mass removal…)
  • Third eyelid surgery (“cherry eye”, scrolled cartilage…)
  • Corneal surgery (keratotomy for indolent ulcers, keratectomy for sequestrum, severe pannus or biopsy purposes, pedicule conjunctival graft and conjunctivo-corneal transposition for deep ulcers, foreign body removal and suturing wounds…)
  • Glaucoma (diagnosis and monitoring)
  • Cataract assessment but cannot offer phacoemulsification
  • Management of dry eye (KCS) including parotid duct transposition
  • Retro-bulbar disease (investigation and treatment)

We do not offer cataract surgery at the Regan Veterinary Group. Should you know your case requires cataract surgery, we can advise you where to refer it directly to.