Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology

We are fortunate at Beacon View to have our core team bolstered by a range of visiting specialists. Karen is our visiting Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology. She graduated from the University of Bristol Veterinary School. Whilst at Bristol, she was taught by Professor Sheila Crispin, she followed her interest in ophthalmology and gained her RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1999.

Karen is a RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology and has been specialising in ophthalmic second opinion and referral surgeries for the past 17 years. She is now registered as an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Cherry Eye Surgery

A cherry eye is a condition, common in certain breeds of dogs, where the gland of the third eyelid (nictitating membrane) becomes prolapsed and exposed. The gland, which is located at the inner corner of the eye, is responsible for producing tears and keeping the eye moist. When the gland prolapses, it becomes visible as a red, swollen mass on the surface of the eye, this is where the name “cherry eye” comes from. This condition can cause discomfort, increase the risk of eye infections, and also affect tear production.

Our veterinary surgeons can perform a surgical procedure to repair the prolapse of the gland. This surgery involves repositioning the gland back into its original position and securing it in place. The procedure has to be performed under general anesthesia. The success rate of cherry eye surgery is high, and most dogs make a full recovery within a few weeks. However, it's very important to monitor the dog's eye post-surgery to ensure proper healing and to prevent any complications. We can perform cherry eye surgery from our practice in Eastry, Kent near Canterbury and Dover.

The benefits of cherry eye surgery

  • Improves comfort: Cherry eye surgery relieves discomfort caused by the prolapsed gland, which can be uncomfortable and itchy for the dog.
  • Prevents eye infections: The exposed gland increases the risk of eye infections, but repositioning it back into its original position reduces this risk.
  • Improves eye appearance: The prolapsed gland is visible and can be unsightly, but after surgery, the eye should look normal again.
  • Maintains tear production: The gland is responsible for producing tears, which are essential for maintaining eye health. Repositioning the gland helps to maintain proper tear production.
  • Protects vision: If left untreated, cherry eye can lead to vision problems and even blindness. Surgery helps to prevent these complications.

Ophthalmology Referral

Cherry eye surgery provides many benefits for dogs and is an effective way to treat this uncomfortable condition. We are currently accepting referrals for cherry eye surgery at our practice close to Canterbury, Thanet and Dover. If you would like further information please click here to chat to a member of our team.