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post #1 of 6 Old 07-15-2011, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Corneal ulcer. Info please?

Yesterday the vet diagnosed my mare with a corneal ulcer with a fungal infection in it. I'm putting two types of medicine (sorry, can't remember what ones. One is for corneal edema) and monistat on 4 times a day. The vet said if the monistat does not clear the infection up I can buy an expensive cream from him that should work. I was able to get 3 treatments in yesterday after the vet came and I have already done one today. I think I can see some improvement (the eye isn't running as much and I think is slightly less cloudy). The vet seemed very optimistic, but of course I'm being the worried mother. Does anyone know anything about corneal ulcers with fungal infections? Do they usually clear up quickly with treatment? What are the chances she'll go blind? I understand you can't give exact answers without seeing her, but I was just hoping to hear about other experiences. Thanks!
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Do not forget to keep her eye protected from the light while all this is going on.


BF had a corneal ulcer several years back. She healed up fine. No fungal infection though (that I remember). I do not know the statistic on it healing OK, sorry.

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There is probably a fair chance that she will end up with some small degree of sight loss--a permanent blue spot on the eye. At least that's how I've seen those go in the past. Many horses have those and it doesn't seem to affect them much at as, as they still retain most of their vision. If your vet is optimistic, obviously that is a good sign. My experience with these has been "positive," in that they usually heal so long as you follow recommendations.
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Thanks for the info! I always keep a fly mask on her 24/7 and she is in a shaded stall. She already has blue eyes so how will I know if there is vision loss?
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Did the vet mention any further light protection?


Mine had me cover that side of the fly mask with duct tape so she got almost no light on that eye. But my horse probably had a different injury.
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I talked to the vet again today. He said the ulcer is really pretty minor, but says we cannot yet be sure if it's a fungal or viral infection. If it's viral there's a chance she'll develop cancer in that eye. So now I'm really worried but we should know by the end of the weekend. I've started putting medicine in her eye 6 times a day.
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