05-02-2012, 12:13 AM
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Another corneal ulcer- how to prevent them
Last July my mare Amber got a corneal ulcer which healed up well with treatment. I was at the barn this evening and noticed that she has another one, in the same eye as last time. I called the vet and he will be out tomorrow so we can begin treatment. Now I'm trying to figure out how to prevent this from happening again. Amber has blue eyes and wears a fly mask 24/7 in the summer to protect them (she's in a mare motel style stall that gets some direct sunlight at sunset and sunrise). Every day I find pieces of hay stuck in her mask, so this is my best guess as to the cause. Her hay is usually put in a feeder type thing and I think this is when she gets it in her mask so from now on I'm going to feed her off the ground. However, I'm worried this won't be enough. I don't want this to become a regular thing that Amber and I have to deal with every summer. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to better protect her eyes?