Ophthalmology

Jim operatingWe offer a prompt and competitive ophthalmology referral service for all veterinary species. This is the only ophthalmology service in the South West employing an RCVS Diplomate and Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. The ophthalmology service is run by Jim Carter, supported by Goran Kosec and Kat Manchip.

Services include all types of intraocular and extraocular surgery including:

  • Phacoemulsification cataract surgery and intraocular lens placement
  • Traumatic corneal and intraocular surgery
  • Medical and surgical management of glaucoma including gonio implants
  • Electroretinography (ERG)
  • Entropion and facelift surgery
  • Catholysis
  • Corneal surgery
  • Lens luxation surgery
  • Cryosurgical tumour removal
  • BVA/KC/ISDS examinations
  • Seven day emergency referral service

Jim Direct OphthoMedical examination

We have full diagnostic equipment  for medical examination, including slit-lamp biomicroscopy, direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy, gonioscopy and tonometry. On site high frequency ultrasound allows for rapid diagnosis of intraocular and orbital disease.

Cataract surgery (Phacoemulsification)

Early referral is recommended for all cataract assessments. Phacoemulsification is the ‘gold-standard’ procedure for cataract removal. At the initial consultation we assess the suitability of the patient and discuss the procedure with the owner. Surgery can normally be performed within 1-4 weeks. The surgical success rate for this procedure is good and it is applicable for the majority of cataract patients. Routine ERG (Electroretinography) and high-frequency ultrasound examinations are performed before surgery: these examinations are essential to correctly select patients for successful treatment by phacoemulsification.

BVA/KC/ISDS Eye screening for Breeding

Clients must bring with them their original Kennel Club Owners or Breeders registration certificates. We are unable to give clients the results of the tests without the original forms, a photocopy is not sufficient. For further details on the eye scheme please follow these links: What is the Eye Scheme, Information for Owners. For veterinary surgeons or clients interested in more technical information about the scheme, please read the attached information from the BVA/KC. For more information on the pricing and procedure please Click Here.

Clinics in other locations

Jim Carter also holds clinics at:

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