Story time... last Friday night I went on a trial ride with some friends. On our trails we have very spiky trees (I can't remember the name but literally these trees are covered in thorns 2-4 inches long). We went through a narrow part of the trail where you sort of have to hold the tree limbs back, and I was behind one of my friends. She let go of a spiky tree limb and it smacked my horse right in the eye.
SO I get back to the barn, it's too late to call the vet then but his eye looks bad so I give him some ban-amine (I think it's called) for the pain and cleaned the eye with an eye wash (didn't want to put any antibiotics in it because I've heard some can make it worse). When I left his eye is about 95% shut and yellowish.
The next day I have someone look at his eye while I'm at work (had to work 6-3 because of his eye it was the longest shift EVER) and she says it looks better. I get to the barn after work and it does look a little better, more open but you can definitively see a puncture wound but no longer yellow. I call the vet and leave a message asking him to come out.
Then on Sunday his eye is looking worse, and the vet has yet to call me back so I call and leave a semi-hysterical message (I get worried with my animals!) and right after he calls me back and is at the barn in 30 minutes (love my vet).
The vet said he is not going to loose his eyesight (which I was SO worried about) and gave me a medicine to put on his eye to help it heal quicker and some more banamine for the pain. $150 later... BUT I should be thankful, since I bought my horse around 4 years ago this is the first unplanned vet visit ever. Seemed like my other horses saw the vet every other week heh.
Yesterday his eye got much better and was open about 50% which made me happy, but he is still VERY sensitive about anyone messing with his eye.
Today his eye is about the same as yesterday which is a bummer, I was hoping it would be healing at a steady rate. He has had the last of his banamine though which is good, because he hates it.
I feel guilty for letting him get hurt, especially somewhere as sensitive as an eye!
Anyone else dealt with eye injuries? How long does it normally take them to get 100% better? The vet said he hoped to see improvement within 70 hours (which I suppose we have) but said being completely healed depended on if I got the medicine in his eye or not (while the vet was there my horse was NOT cool with anyone touching his eye).
Here are some pictures from this morning. His eye was a LITTLE more squinted than it was resting because I had just been looking at it and he was a little sensitive.
The gray spot is where the puncture is, mainly right below though. Luckily it's tiny.
His eyes in comparison (good eye & bad eye)