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Corneal Ulcers

Welcome to Paddington Vet, where we provide expert care for pets suffering from corneal ulcers. These painful eye conditions, resulting from various forms of trauma, can significantly affect your pet's quality of life. Our skilled veterinary team is equipped with the latest diagnostic tools to accurately identify corneal ulcers and offer the most effective treatment options. From antibiotic eye treatments to surgical solutions, we're dedicated to alleviating discomfort and promoting fast healing.

Understanding Corneal Ulcers at Paddington Vet

What is a Corneal Ulcer?

A corneal ulcer occurs when there's significant erosion of the cornea's outer layer, leading to a cloudy appearance and discomfort for your pet. The cornea, a clear, glossy membrane, shields the front part of the eye. Injuries from the pet's own eyelashes, cat scratches, or sharp objects are common causes of corneal ulcers in animals. Signs of distress might include your pet trying to relieve discomfort by rubbing its eye against surfaces or with its paw.

Diagnosing Corneal Ulcers

Diagnosis involves a close examination of the eye, sometimes assisted by a special dye that highlights the ulcer, making it easier to assess.

Treatment Approaches

Antibiotic eye treatments are often the first line of defence, helping to fight off infection while soothing the eye to reduce irritation caused by the ulcer. For faster healing, surgical intervention may be recommended. This involves using the pet's third eyelid as a protective cover over the ulcer, secured in place while under general anaesthetic, to aid in the healing process.

Surgical Costs

The expense of corneal ulcer treatment varies and typically starts from $350 at Paddington Vet, which is notably more affordable compared to other veterinary practices and specialist centres.

We do offer payment plans through credit providers. Please see our payment plans section for more information.

Post-Surgery Care

After surgery, pets are equipped with a protective cone and can usually go home the same day to prevent them from aggravating the eye further. The third eyelid flap is generally removed within two to four weeks, depending on the healing progress.

At Paddington Vet, we prioritise your pet's comfort and recovery, offering expert care for corneal ulcers with both medical and surgical options. Our team is here to guide you through your pet's treatment and recovery, ensuring they return to health as quickly as possible.

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