The Ophthalmology service is run on a 24/7 basis by three full time Veterinary Ophthalmologists at our Thornbury surgery.
The team consists of Veterinary Surgeons Tim Knott BSc (Hons), BVSc, CertVOphthal, MRCVS, David Nutbrown-Hughes BVSC, CertVOphthal, MRCVS and Elena Romero Ldo Vet, CertVOphthal in association with a dedicated team of ophthalmic nurses which is backed up by 24 hour healthcare facilities and an extensive ophthalmic pharmacy.
Services offered include cataract and lens luxation surgery by phacoemulsification, intra-ocular lens placement for both cataract and lens luxation patients, electroretinography, advanced ophthalmic imaging (including high frequency ocular ultrasound, digital radiography and MRI scanning), glaucoma endolaser and shunt surgery, laser indirect ophthalmoscopy, a full range of corneal surgeries including transplantation, parotid duct transposition surgery, re-constructive ophthalmic oncologic surgery and ocular prosthesis surgery all undertaken with high end anaesthesia (including the availability of sevoflurane, capnography, pulse oximetrey, neuromuscular blockade, Merlin small animal ventilator, ECG, continuous temperature monitoring, Bair Hugger adjustable warming system).
Lens luxation - New surgical techniques have been more routinely offered for this blinding condition in the past few years, in particular the use of keyhole surgery to remove sub-luxated and luxated lenses and the use of prosthetic lens implants following lens removal.
Glaucoma - This condition remains a common cause of enucleation although with the use of new video-endoscopic laser treatment and the use of new glaucoma shunt designs we have successfully helped to manage this difficult condition in more and more cases.
Telemedicine - Referring veterinary surgeons are encouraged to send pictures of cases for free of charge advice. Please email us at email@example.com. In urgent cases please ring
the clinic so that we know to expect your email.
Telephone advice is available 24hours a day, 7 days a week on 01454 521000.
All members of the ophthalmology team have active links within the medical ophthalmology world, are members of the United Kingdom & Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and the European Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology.