There are a whole host of conditions that affect the equine eye ranging from mild to severe, ultimately resulting in loss of sight or even of the eye itself. Luckily most of these conditions affect one eye only, but in the cases where both eyes are affected the end result of problems not treated promptly and appropriately can be catastrophic.
Signs to watch out for signifying eye pain that require examination by a vet include:
- tearing/watery discharge from one or both eyes;
- prominent third eyelid position;
- change in pupil size or shape;
- ocular discharge: white or yellow;
- blood from the eye;
- changes in colour of the eye surface: cloudiness/blue tinge;
- swelling of the eyelid(s); and
- wounds affecting the eyelids.
Eyes require careful treatment and some of our equine friends are not the most obliging, particularly when they are in considerable pain. In certain cases, we may offer alternative treatment methods including placement of a subpalpebral lavage system or subconjunctival injections. Often, even in the most straightforward of cases, treatments may need to be applied every couple of hours, proving impossible for owners. We welcome such cases at the clinic for the initial intensive treatment and find this works very well at resolving problems in the most efficient way possible.
Our vets are experienced in managing ocular problems and we are able to offer more advanced techniques such as intraocular pressure measurements, ultrasonographic imaging of the ocular structures and even surgical treatments where required. We also work closely with the team of specialist ophthalmologists at Optivet should we feel your horse or pony require specialist intervention; and arrange in house referrals to ensure your animal gets the care they need, where you want it.
If you wish to seek advice or chat to a vet about any concerns you may have, please give us a call. Alternatively, complete the form opposite for non urgent appointments and we will get back to you. For any urgent concerns, please ring the clinic directly on 01342 300008 and we will arrange a vet to see your horse, pony or donkey as a matter of urgency.