Veterinary Ophthalmology

Veterinary Ophthalmology

Our veterinary Ophthalmology Service was established in 2012 and has grown rapidly ever since. The service is formed of two board-certified ophthalmology specialists Drs Màrian Matas Riera and Charlotte Dawson. A recent member of the team, Dr Roser Tetas Pont, is a residency trained ophthalmologist. The team is completed by qualified veterinarians who are veterinary specialists-in-training, Richard Everson and Sarah Koll. We treat dog, cat and other small animal eye conditions at the QMHA and offer an ophthalmology service to the RVC's Equine Referral Hospital.

Service information

We carry out ophthalmic evaluation, intraocular and extra-ocular surgery on dogs, cats and exotic animals with any eye problems. Cataract surgery is one of the most common intraocular surgeries performed by the service, this procedure includes small incision cataract surgery with cold star technology, foldable acrylic intraocular lens replacement and capsular tension ring placement. Other ophthalmic surgeries we perform routinely are lens luxation surgery, corneal reconstruction surgery (including novel surgical procedures such as amnion and corneal grafting procedures) and the classical conjunctival pedicle grafting and corneo-limbo-conjunctival transposition.

We offer eyelid and third eyelid corrective and reconstructive surgery. In addition, we offer 30-hour intraocular pressure curves for patients with glaucoma.

The team also provides with a broad array of laser treatments, from transpupillary retinopexy for partial retinal detachments, anterior chamber microscope adapted diode laser for iridal pigmented lesions and uveal cysts as well as melanocytic masses. We also offer transcleral diode laser delivery, current gold standard treatment for glaucoma in horses. We also offer endolaser cyclophotocoagulation for glaucoma surgery and retinopexy.

The service has also established a corneal donor program, where local owners can donate their pet's eyes to save the vision of others.

Comprehensive ophthalmic examinations

All referred patients receive a thorough ophthalmic examination, which includes slit lamp biomicroscopy, funduscopy, tonometry, tear measurement and corneal staining. We also offer gonioscopy, gross and fundus photography and electroretinography if required.

We are the only UK vet school with board-certified specialists in veterinary ophthalmology

Dogs cats and rabbits referred to our ophthalmology service with eye problems receive complete ophthalmic examinations with the latest equipment

For referring vets:

Referrals line:
+44 (0)1707 666365

Emergency referrals:
+44 (0) 1707 666399

Email: qmhreception@rvc.ac.uk

Key Clinicians

Clinician

Màrian Matas Riera

Lecturer in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Clinician

Charlotte Dawson

Lecturer in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Clinician

Roser Tetas

Staff Clinician in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Clinician

Richard Everson

Veterinary specialist-in-training

Clinician

Sarah Koll

Veterinary specialist-in-training