Goldfish Surgery Of Damaged Popped Eye By Fish Veterinarian Dr Loh

Goldfish Surgery Of Damaged Popped Eye By Fish Veterinarian Dr Loh

In this video we show you a surgical procedure used to treat a goldfish with a damaged, bulging popped eye, unfortunately for this fish the only cure was to remove the damaged popped eye with surgery, though with one eye removed this goldfish was treated and is expected to make a full recovery and is already happily swimming back in his pond.

These videos are for education purposes only. If you need assistance please consult with your fish veterinarian to make sure what information is right for your case.

Dr Loh is a Past-President of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, and continues to help the veterinary and para-professional communities by serving as WAVMA Webinar co-ordinator/moderator and WAVMA Executive Board Member. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Murdoch University and provides advice on fish health and welfare to several universities and the RSPCA.

Dr Loh has published practical manuals and instructional videos to help fellow veterinarians and fish owners, for the betterment of fish health and welfare globally:

** “Fish Vetting Essentials” (book)

** “Fish Vetting Medicines – Formulary of Fish Treatments” (book)

** “Fish Vetting Techniques & Practical Tips” (DVD).

Pertinent Posts:

2014 President of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA),

Secretary for the Aquatic Animal Health Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS),

Adjunct Lecturer at Murdoch University and provides advice on fish health and welfare to several universities and the RSPCA, and

WAVMA Webinar co-ordinator/moderator and WAVMA Executive Board Member (2013 to present).


The opinions expressed on this channel and by Dr Loh are created for educational and informational purposes only, and are not intended as a diagnosis, treatment or as a substitute for professional Veterinary advice, diagnosis and treatment. If you have a question or concern about your own fish, please consult a local Veterinarian or professional to address your needs or concerns, or for advice on specific treatments for your aquatic pets.

The Fish Doctor Channel does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, medical treatments, pharmaceuticals, brand names, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation. Names are for the information and education of the viewing public, and the mention of any of the above on the channel does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by The Fish Doctor channel or Dr Loh.


  1. Universal Cichlids

    What are your thoughts on Salt for 2ndary infection of the wound? I have had a Jacobferbergii get stuck in a cichlid cave for about 20 mins and his head had a nasty abrasion…next day it looked like a cotton film was covering it. I upped the salt level to 4ppt and next day it was a nice pink wound ready to heal is day 4 and its almost looking good to go. Just wondering if you promote Salt for treatments over antibiotics and stuff like Melafix, Pimafix, etc….Thanks for your expertise. Awesome videos!

  2. Mohd Imtiyaz

    Hello doctor,i have one flowerhorn fish and it eyes was cloudy inside..some say was a cataract,is that fish can get a cataract? I treat him with melafix but the condition not improve and i notice got like blood strain down of it eyes

  3. Coleen Perez

    I have a Gold fish her tail is so slow swimming like 6 hours my fish did not swim but my fish not die my fish still breath but my fiah did not swim for 6 hours. Fish doctor how can you help me and my gold fish to swim again

  4. francis Raymond fernandes

    Good job Doc keep up the good work !!!

  5. Jacqueline Baker

    How do fish get damaged eyes?

  6. Lovebetta

    Wow, amazing.

  7. Lovebetta


  8. star bright

    my tetra fish has a big white bubble in his eye, what can I do to help him.

  9. fun time

    my 3 goldfish eyes popped out together

  10. Rahul raj

    my fish eye missing

  11. Reefahholic

    That’s a amazing. How long can a fish stay out of the water? Is it the same time for saltwater fish too?

  12. Gabriel Hernandez

    Poor fish

  13. Poly Vlogs

    My betta is interested in food but he is not eating it. I’m giving him tetra lava sticks and tetra betta granules.What to do?

  14. RN Kim

    This was so awesome. Thanks for post. Love the surgery explanation but was troubled when you are handling the tools with your bare hands…just thinking about all commensal bacteria on human hands that might be adverse for other species

  15. Marcus Christensen

    when a fish is part of the family this totally makes sense.

  16. AstroGal

    my mind is officially blown

  17. Abdur Rehman Syed

    In Australia, you can’t afford housing but you can afford fish surgeries.


  18. jessica offord

    One of my mum fish have one small eye. We have those fish who have big eyes.

  19. Harmonica In The Breeze.

    Thats the damdest thing I ever r saw.

  20. Andrew De Freitas

    Clove oil knocks them out too

  21. Michael Westen

    if this was my goldfish, or I had a goldfish with pop eye, I’d honestly let the fish live out the rest of his life/flush it down the toilet, then buy a new one. goldfish are pretty common, there’s no reason to waste your money on surgery…. but then again, some people do have unhealthy attachments to their goldfish, and in extreme cases, the owner is fully convinced that they’re the fishs mother/father…

  22. freakyflow

    <<<<<< That is one sexy fish

  23. AidenTapiz2

    My brother can’t say words properly yet so he says “sish” instead of fish

  24. Jorge Enríquez Gomez

    I was watching a surgeon simulator gameplay, finished here (2:41 AM) I’m glad i came

  25. Chalio Valle

    Wait is that my grandmas fish ! It’s orange and a black eye .

  26. Ocean Man

    My fish died from this.

  27. Ez eK5

    What’s this fish’s health insurance

  28. Jeimmy Gonzalez

    Please help the King of DIY on YouTube, his asian arowana is sick! :<

  29. Anna Nicholson

    you are so sweet to care for this fish.

  30. Anna Nicholson

    please tell me you’re single, christian and near southeast Minnesota

  31. Amanda Bushee

    please contact the king of diy about his Asian. arrowàbda.. vet care ineeded, please help him find a vet

  32. Belinda Balagtas

    there should be more fish vets like him. he’s pretty good.

  33. Double Trouble

    My betta had pop-eye and I give him medication he is fine now….you are a great surgeon but you really could have just given him medicine

  34. Amir Ayala

    poor fish

  35. MetalDoraemon6

    Whats the concentration of alfaxan in water to induce anesthesia?

  36. naushad semna

    Will the eyes grow after this surgery???

  37. Genadijus Puskinas

    Wonder if fish vet would be able to remove bullet from burglars butt like other vets in movies? 🙂


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