Ophthalmology involves the diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving the eyes.

Ophthalmology involves the diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving the eyes. Our highly qualified team is passionate about the care of animals, so you can rest assured your pet will receive the highest quality of treatment at all times.

Pets with existing or suspected eye conditions will receive an initial consultation, which will usually last between 10 – 40 minutes, during which time we will take a thorough history and examine your pet carefully.

Detailed examination of the eyes requires the use of additional instrumentation to aid in the diagnosis of your pet’s condition. Some will be used in the consultation, but others may require your pet to be admitted for further investigation.

We will suggest ways to treat the problem and discuss potential costs, outcomes and risks, including complications. Assuming you agree to treatment, your pet will need to be left with us for immediate investigation. Once the investigation has been carried out, we will contact you with the results. If appropriate, we can proceed straight to treatment. Common conditions referred to our ophthalmic vets include:

  • Eye ulcers
  • Cataract removal
  • Glaucoma (increased eye pressure)
  • Cherry eye
  • Dry eye

Ophthalmology Team

James Rushton

EBVS and RCVS specialist in veterinary ophthalmology
Head of Ophthalmology

Prior to moving into private referral practice in the UK, James attended the Veterinary University Vienna for 13 years between 2003 and 2016, where he completed veterinary school, a rotating internship, a PhD and a residency.

Aside from his practice work, James is also the research committee chair for the International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium (IEOC) and is involved in committee work with the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmology and the British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmology.

He is the eighth diplomate to join Paragon since it opened its doors in February 2018.


David Habin


David received his postgraduate training at the University of Edinburgh during a 3 year residency in veterinary ophthalmology. He obtained the RCVS Certificate and Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology during that time and was subsequently appointed lecturer in Veterinary Ophthalmology. He stayed in that post for a year before returning to private practice. He is a current member of the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Panel.


Simon Hitchen

BA VetMB Cert VOphthal MRCVS

Simon qualified from Cambridge University in 1996 and joined Calder Vets in 2000.

Simon enjoys all aspects of veterinary work but has a special interest in ophthalmology. He gained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2006 and is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as an Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Simon enjoys the daily challenges that referral cases in ophthalmology bring.

Outside work Simon has two young boys and two cats to keep him on his toes!

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