Farm Ireland

Tuesday 20 March 2018

preventing and dealing with eye problems

Eye injuries and infections are not uncommon in horses, but minor problems left untreated can quickly become serious and result in blindness if left unattended. Here are some recommendations for preventing problems and some guidelines to follow if your horse should sustain an eye injury.

• Ensure that your horse's environment is safe. Make sure that sharp edges on water troughs, metal buildings, pipes, hooks or other objects are covered, padded, or are inaccessible. Hammer in or pull out any old nails in fencing or other structures.

• Keep the horse's environment as dust-free as possible.

• If your horse sustains an eye injury or develops an eye infection, contact your vet immediately.

• If the injury is a laceration to the eyelid, clean the area very gently with a saline solution while waiting for the vet.

• If a foreign object has pierced the eyelid, you can remove it on your vet's advice and follow up with a full eye examination with the vet. Clean the area very gently with a saline solution while waiting for the vet.

• If the eyeball itself has a foreign object embedded in it, do NOT remove it. Seek immediate veterinary attention as surgery may be required to remove the object and save the eye.

• Put a fly mask on the horse to keep flies off the eye area.

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• If possible, keep your horse in subdued light, such as his stable, until the vet arrives.

• With all medications prescribed by your veterinarian, make sure that you follow the instructions to the letter, including medicating your horse through the full course of treatment.

• When working with a horse with an eye problem, be aware that he may have obscured vision and be a little more spooky than usual. Talk gently so you don't surprise him if you walk up on a 'blind side'.

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