In the early 1980’s, John was one of the very first practitioners to gain an RCVS certificate. Since then he has spent most of his professional time treating eyes, initially in primary care practice but for the last 10 years or so exclusively in referral practice making him one of the most experienced veterinary ophthalmologists in the country.
Just as in humans, the development of a lens cataract can render the pet blind. Lens removal (“lendectomy”) can restore sight but the surgery is technically difficult and not without potential complication. In humans, most lens removal is by phacoemulsification (“phaco-lendectomy”). John has extensive experience of phaco-lendectomy in dogs and modern phacoemulsification machinery means that many more dogs in the North of England will have the chance of seeing again.
Animals suffer from the same eye problems that affect us. These problems include cataracts, glaucoma, eye tumours, retinal degeneration and many others. The Animal Eye Centre provides animals with medical and surgical eye care that will improve their quality of life.
Due to rapid advances in the knowledge, techniques and equipment necessary to provide eye care to veterinary patients, your vet may choose to refer you for eye problems that are unusual or for those that have not responded to initial therapy.
The Animal Eye Centre can help to preserve or restore vision or treat a painful eye and will accept incoming referrals from your veterinary surgery.
Eye examinations are carried out using direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy, slit lamp biomicroscopy, gonioscopy and tonometry.
We perform cataract surgery using a new Alcon Accurus cataract system which is capable of emulsifying solid cataracts, allowing removal from the eye through a small corneal incision thus restoring sight. Intra ocular lenses are fitted where possible to maximise vision. We also provide medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma, corneal diseases, eyelid abnormalities and dry eye