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Vet Eye Care

Dr Sean Cleary examining a cat

Our founder and lead vet Dr Becky Crossfield has a special interest in ophthalmology and takes referral cases to treat eye problems with patients from practices across the North West. 

We’re not a corporate, expensive referral centre, but as a trusted, independent vets we have the expertise and facilities to provide an affordable option for referring practices and owners with pets who need veterinary eye care.

Vet Eye Care

Our standard consultation fee is just £45, and with our practice located just off the motorway we’re a convenient option for referrals from Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington and further afield.

Conditions we can treat include cherry eye, abnormal eyelashes, glaucoma and corneal ulcers – you can find more information on our services below.

If you would like to refer a case to us, get in touch here.

For urgent referrals call us on 01928 641 641.

Our services include:

  • Cherry eye
  • Abnormal eyelashes
  • Entropion and ectropion
  • Feline herpes virus
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Enucleation
  • Glaucoma
  • Dry eye
  • Feline corneal sequestra
  • SCCED

Cherry eye in dogs: What is it and what are my pet’s options

What is cherry eye?

Cats and dogs have an extra eyelid in comparison to us, and we call this simply the third eyelid. 

A gland is loosely attached to the third eyelid which is involved in tear production. In certain dog species, this gland can bulge out from behind the eye lid and become inflamed. 

While this may look shocking, it is not painful for your dog. However, the longer it is exposed, the more likely it is to become irritated, which can lead to further problems.

If the gland becomes uncomfortable, dogs may scratch or rub at the area, which can lead to bleeding or infection.

While it will typically happen in one eye first, if a dog is susceptible they may see the same condition in their other eye later in life.

Species commonly affected include poodles, beagles, cocker spaniels, pugs, bloodhounds, English and French bulldogs, Boston terriers, shih tzu, lhasa apsos and other brachycephalic (flat-faced) breeds, as well as Burmese and Persian cats.

How do we treat cherry eye

Surgery is required to treat the condition, and we have different options available to us. 

We may attempt to replace the gland, allowing it to continue functioning, or if we are concerned about cancer in the area we may recommend removal.

Removing the gland may lead to your pet suffering from dry eyes later in life and requires lifelong medical treatment. 

Attempts to replace the gland are often not 100% successful and may lead to a relapse later in life, which may require further surgery.

We will always suggest a course of treatment based on your pet’s specific case, and will discuss our recommendation with you and your regular vet.

For fellow veterinary professionals:

We accept referrals from across the North West – if you would like to refer a case to us, get in touch here.get in touch here.

For pet owners:

Book an appointment with Dr Becky Crossfield here or call 01928 641 641 to discuss your case. 


Corneal ulcers in pets: What are the options?

What are corneal ulcers?

The cornea is a very thin but strong layer which covers the eye, allowing light to enter while protecting it from damage.

It can easily become damaged, and any holes that form in the layer are known as corneal ulcers. These can be very painful for pets and can lead to permanent damage if they are left untreated.

Damage can be caused by the eye being scratched by bushes, other pets or anything else that may contact your pet’s eye, as well as by problems with eyelashes or eyelids, and dry eye.

Signs that your pet may be suffering from a corneal ulcer include increased blinking, increased tear production, rubbing the eye or any other signs of discomfort. The eye may also look red and sore. 

How do we treat them?

If it is suspected that your pet is suffering from a corneal ulcer, your regular vet can perform a check using an orange dye, which changes colour to green if it filters through a hole in the cornea.

Simple ulcers can be treated with antibiotic eye drops and lubrication and may heal within a week. Several dog breeds are susceptible to corneal ulcers as they age, including boxers, border collies and corgis. 

Deeper or more complicated ulcers can require surgical intervention to prevent the issue from becoming worse and potentially causing a rupture or perforation of the eye. If the ulcer is reaching the point that rupture is an imminent risk we may advise emergency surgery.

We have the equipment and training to deal with complex corneal ulcers and will work with both you and your regular vet to recommend the best course of action for your pet’s situation.

For fellow veterinary professionals:

We accept referrals from across the North West – if you would like to refer a case to us, get in touch here.

For pet owners:

Book an appointment with Dr Becky Crossfield here or call 01928 641 641 to discuss your case.