Services we provide:
At Animal Eye Care our clinic is equipped for ophthalmology only. For all other veterinary services we refer you back to your local veterinarian. We are unable to supply medications or treatments for general problems, flea control products, wormers, diets etc.
General Eye Examination:
The veterinarians at Animal Eye Care use specialised equipment to examine your animal's eyes. Initially a focal light is used to examine the front of the eyes. A slit lamp biomicroscope is then used to examine the front of the eye under greater magnification. A number of specialised tests such as Schirmer Tear testing, application of vital stains, cytology (examination of cells under the microscope), tonometry (measurement of the intraocular pressure), gonioscopy (examination of the drainage angle inside the eye), and refraction (to see if the patient is short or long sighted) may then be used.
The last part of the eye examination involves dilating the pupils. A drop is applied to the eye and the pupil is dilated within 15 minutes to allow a detailed examination of the inside of the eye. This is done with direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy. Our equipment and specialised training allows a thorough eye examination, much more than general veterinarians are able to offer.
The initial eye examination and consultation generally takes 30 - 45 minutes. These services are available at our main practice at East Malvern Monday through to Saturday, with weekly sessions at Point Cook and Essendon's Animal Accident and Emergency Centers, as well as regular clinics in Geelong, Mornington Peninsula (Frankston) and Moe.
Eye Certification for Breeding dogs:
This test is to check breeding animals for inherited eye diseases. We are able to provide dog breeders with eye certification with internationally recognised eye certificates. Many eye diseases are inherited, and responsible dog breeders have their breeding dogs checked each year whilst breeding and then a final check after the age of eight years. Such eye examinations can be used to identify inherited eye problems before they are further bred into the dog population.
Animal Eye Care is also able to provide specific eye information about any breed. This information is gained from our own records, and from discussion with our colleagues from around the world. We can now take DNA swabs to test for some hereditary eye diseases in selected breeds. Please note that only some types of PRA can be test for genetically, and annual ACES examinations are still highly recommended.
Horses can be seen in floats at the practice, or preferably at the nearby Caulfield Racecourse or WoofPurNay in Narre Warren. To make an appointment for a horse please contact Animal Eye Care on (03) 9563 6488. The costs for horse consultations are higher than for regular clinic consultations.
Surgery is available at the East Malvern clinic. All animals must have an initial consultation before any surgery. With the aid of an operating microscope, specialised microsurgical experience and our long experience dealing with eye problems, we are able to provide your pet with the best possible surgical techniques which are required for delicate eye surgery.