Don’t Wait: Any Equine Eye Injury Is An Emergency

by | 12.02.2018 | 8:24am

Horse owners should not take equine eye injuries lightly, even if they seem minor in nature. A common equine eye injury is a corneal abrasion, or scratch, which can be very painful for the horse.

Signs that a horse may be suffering from a corneal abrasion:

  • Squinting or holding eye closed
  • Swelling and redness of eye
  • Clear or yellow-tinged discharge coming from eye
  • Eyelashes point downward

A vet should be called if any of these signs are seen and the horse is painful. Any bacteria or fungus trapped in the eye could create a corneal ulcer that could cause vision loss. In addition to treating the injury, a vet can administer pain medication to alleviate discomfort.

While waiting for the vet to arrive, the eye can be flushed with sterile saline, if the horse will allow it. Don't apply any eye ointments that contain a corticosteroid until the vet has seen the horse; corticosteroids will worsen corneal ulcers.

If the horse's eye appears to be punctured, use a moistened compress on the eye until your vet can arrive.

Read more at Stable Management.

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