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Ophthalmology
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Ophthalmology at Willows
Willows is one of Europe’s leading small animal referral centres, with over 25 years’ experience in Specialist Ophthalmology, boosting one of the UKs strongest Veterinary Ophthalmology teams. Our Specialist Ophthalmic Surgeons have a collective experience of diagnosing, treating and managing thousands of dogs and cats with full range of eye conditions.
Our surgeons are supported by a highly trained and caring team of Veterinary Nurses including a dedicated Ophthalmic Nurse, all of whom play a vital role in the recovery and management of patients following ophthalmic surgery.
At Willows we are ‘Committed to Excellence’, with this our Ophthalmologists are committed to excellence at every level, and with each and every patient that they see and treat.
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Ophthalmology at Willows
Willows is one of Europe’s leading small animal referral centres, with over 25 years’ experience in Specialist Ophthalmology, boosting one of the UKs strongest Veterinary Ophthalmology teams. Our Specialist Ophthalmic Surgeons have a collective experience of diagnosing, treating and managing thousands of dogs and cats with full range of eye conditions.
Our surgeons are supported by a highly trained and caring team of Veterinary Nurses including a dedicated Ophthalmic Nurse, all of whom play a vital role in the recovery and management of patients following ophthalmic surgery.
At Willows we are ‘Committed to Excellence’, with this our Ophthalmologists are committed to excellence at every level, and with each and every patient that they see and treat.
At Willows we are ‘Committed to Excellence’, with this our Ophthalmologists are committed to excellence at every level, and with each and every patient that they see and treat.
What can I Expect if my Pet is Referred to an Ophthalmic Specialist?

The starting point for each patient referred to an Ophthalmic Specialist at Willows is a full consultation and discussion with the owner. The routine ophthalmic examinations and further diagnostic techniques that can be performed include:

  • Schirmer tear test readings
  • Slit-lamp biomicroscopy and tonometry (rebound or applanation)
  • Close and distant direct ophthalmoscopy
  • Indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Gonioscopy
  • Advanced diagnostic techniques i.e. ocular ultrasonography and electroretinography.
What can I Expect if my Pet is Referred to an Ophthalmic Specialist?

The starting point for each patient referred to an Ophthalmic Specialist at Willows is a full consultation and discussion with the owner. In addition to a routine ophthalmic examination, further diagnostic techniques can be applied including:

  • Close and distant direct ophthalmoscopy
  • Indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Slit-lamp biomicroscopy and tonometry (rebound or applanation)
  • Advanced diagnostic techniques i.e. gonioscopy, ocular ultrasonography and electroretinography.

What are the Most Common Ophthalmic Conditions?

Our Specialist Ophthalmologists have a broad range of interests in both medical and surgical eye conditions including:

  • Eyelid disorders and reconstructive lid surgery
  • Glaucoma management
  • Investigation and treatment of ocular inflammatory disease
  • Sudden onset blindness/SARDS (Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome)
  • Corneal sequestrum and corneal grafting procedures for the management of corneal ulcers and other disorders of the cornea.

Our Specialist team also have a major interest in lens luxation and cataracts, and in particular their surgical management by phacoemulsification.

What are the Most Common Ophthalmic Conditions?

Our Specialist Ophthalmologists have a broad range of interests in both medical and surgical eye conditions including:

  • Eyelid disorders and reconstructive lid surgery
  • Glaucoma management
  • Investigation and treatment of ocular inflammatory disease
  • Sudden onset blindness/SARDS (Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome)
  • Corneal sequestrum and corneal grafting procedures for the management of corneal ulcers and other disorders of the cornea.

Our Specialist team also have a major interest in lens luxation and cataracts, and in particular their surgical management by phacoemulsification.

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What Facilities are Available at Willows?

Patients undergoing eye treatment and surgery not only benefit from Specialist expertise, but also from access to state-of-the-art specialised ophthalmic surgical equipment including:

  • State-of-the-art phacoemulsification equipment 
  • High specification Zeiss operating microscope
  • Cryotherapy unit
  • Diode laser unit
  • Corneal cross-linking.
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What Facilities are Available at Willows?

Patients undergoing eye treatment and surgery not only benefit from Specialist expertise, but also from access to state-of-the-art specialised ophthalmic surgical equipment including:

  • High specification Zeiss operating microscope
  • Top quality microsurgical instrumentation
  • Laser unit
  • Corneal cross-linking.

Meet Our Specialists

Rodrigo Pinheiro de Lacerda

DVM DipECVO MRCVS

Head of Ophthalmology

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Samuela Mazzucchelli

DVM DipECVO MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Alberto Palella Gomez

DVM MRCVS

ECVO Resident in Veterinary Ophthalmology