Anyone have experience with horses and cataracts?
My farrier has known my horse since he was six months. He was giving him a trim this week and didn't have 100% cooperation from Fella on his right hind.....nothing bad, just apparently notable enough for him to mention to me that something is not right with that eye. He told me he has seen him get progressively more cautious with him working on that side of my horse. I couldn't think of anything that REALLY stood out to me that would indicate a change in sight on the right side, but then again, I have only owned him since February....he has worked with him for a long time. So, I took his advice and asked the vet to do a full eye exam on him when she came out to the barn to do an ultrasound on another horse.
She dilated his eyes to get a good look after realizing that she was having difficulty seeing the retina with her basic equipment. She feels like there is some cloudiness appearing on his lens in his right eye and possibly slightly in the left....maybe the beginnings of cataracts, although she wouldn't give a definite. She has recommended me to NC State College of Veterinary Medicine from which I understand is the leader in Equine Opthalmology. I will be contacting them next week after she refers me to set up an exam with one of their vets.
But in the meantime, I am wondering if anyone has experience with horses and cataracts or cataract surgery. At this point I don't know what to expect if indeed this is what he has.