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    03-21-2012, 05:53 PM
  #11
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Walkamile    
Sorry it took so long to respond, I just got back from a friends. Her horse was showing signs of colic.

The injury T had looked like something had poked her in the eye and it ulcerated. From that , from what I understand, she developed uveitus. We had to do a combination of atropine to open the pupil, and then an antibiotic ointment. The atropine was applied 3 - 4 x's the first day along with the ointment, and then just the ointment 3-4 x's a day for 2 weeks. With this was a regiment of buffered aspirin to aid in the reduction of inflammation.

Since then, we've had a few recurrences per year, with last year having only one. I know the routine, and have a great working relationship with the vet, so treat it myself with phone support from the vet. Building up her immune system became a priority, as she is over 20 and the immune system "weakens". Can only hope that this continues to help in preventing any more recurrences.

The Guardian mask is pricey, but is very well made and has held up for us now for 5 years. She can't rub her eyes with it like a typical mask, so she can't further irritate her eye, especially during a recurrence.

I'm sure your horse will be fine, and good for you for calling your vet asap. Eyes are not something to wait and see imo. My girl has lost sight in her right eye, and now has limited vision in the left due to cataracts. But so far she is adjusting well and is still taken on the trails.
Wow 5 years is good! Right now even with all my expenses I'm considering it. I'm so worried about him loosing his sight :( I just want him back to 100% good again!

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Originally Posted by yourcolorfuladdiction    
So I'm actually a big fan of catheters for eye injuries because getting those **** meds in there is so hard sometimes (especially when the eye really hurts or is extremely swollen).

We had a pony at the barn who had debris blown into her eye and she rubbed the snot out of it before anyone noticed her eye was swollen shut, the abrasion on her cornea was probably almost the size of a dime and she had some cloudiness.

She had to get LOTS of meds in her eye, including something made from her own blood (I was not exactly paying attention to the vet, I was playing gofer and getting everything everyone needed to make that pony comfortable, so I don't know what it was from her own blood).

Anyways, the point is, no struggle to get the meds in (yes she was not very please when she felt the meds go in, but you always KNEW they got in her eye 100% without poking her eye or fighting with her). It helped with a quick recovery, although she was confined to a stall.

A fly mask would be extremely bneficial, to prevent rubbing as well as possibly getting other irritants in it.
The vet was talking about this today too.


Okay here's an update... unfortunately not a good one D:

I had to work later than I planned today so I went to the barn RIGHT after, so I wasn't able to get my camera, but I will try to get pictures tonight or tomorrow.

Anyway, I get to the barn and run to his stall HOPING to see better results than yesterday and he isn't even opening his eye anymore. When he did squint it open (was never open more than 50% even when he was looking at something, yesterday it COULD open all the way but he kept it at about 50% resting) it was a yellowish cloudy color and the area he cut it was white.

I called the vet and he said he was on a call right now but he would come by and look at it this afternoon.

I'm going to be getting medicine in his eye at all times of the day now. I work morning unfortunately (6 AM so it's really really hard to get out before then), but I'm going to try to get my mom/brother to be able to put it in his eye (right now he's a fighter with it, doesn't want anyone touching that eye) for the morning at least, and then on my lunchbreak I'm just going to have to drive straight to the barn give medicine and drive straight back, and then right back out after work.

I just want my pony better seeing his eye SO bad today dropped any good feelings I had about his recovery.
     
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    03-21-2012, 09:29 PM
  #12
Banned
Hang in there it takes time the horse I doctored took a while before the swelling went down. He spent alot of time with it closed and putting meds in was a fight their eye is sore. Just get that medicine in there at least 4 times a day if possible 5 times it will get better. Hasnt been that long ago so be patient as far as medicating I gave the horse I doctored some carrots to chew on made it a little easier.
     
    03-22-2012, 06:32 AM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by spirit88    
Hang in there it takes time the horse I doctored took a while before the swelling went down. He spent alot of time with it closed and putting meds in was a fight their eye is sore. Just get that medicine in there at least 4 times a day if possible 5 times it will get better. Hasnt been that long ago so be patient as far as medicating I gave the horse I doctored some carrots to chew on made it a little easier.
Thanks for some positive words. I did find out some treats do help the medicine go down

-sigh- well Yesterday night the vet came out, we had to sedate him and he put some stuff in his eye and did a flush from his nose that didn't work. So now I'm upping the times I'm going to the barn to put medicine on. My friends doing this morning while I'm at work, and then I'm going right after work and various times throughout the afternoon.

The vet says in three days if he isn't better he should be taken to a clinic. His eye looks SO bad though... I'm going to be getting that medicine on that sucker all times of the day! He needs to just get better my poor boy.
     
    03-22-2012, 09:11 PM
  #14
Weanling
Okay, so today I was able to get the medicine in at 5 different times during the day. It's actually improving pretty quickly!

The swelling has gone down significantly (the lower lid is still slightly swollen, but he got one poke on his eye lid too so I don't think it's as related to the eye) and he's opening it more! BUT it's still this GROSS orange/green murky color, though it is looking less cloudy. In one day I guess this is good progress from yesterday where he couldn't open it and it was even more murky colored.

Tomorrow I'm going to try VERY hard to get it in there 5 times during the day again, cause I think that's helped the most, I just wish I wasn't working!
     
    03-22-2012, 09:32 PM
  #15
Green Broke
If you need any help, let me know... I don't mind going down and trying to wrestle meds into Rei's eye if need be
     
    03-22-2012, 09:42 PM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
If you need any help, let me know... I don't mind going down and trying to wrestle meds into Rei's eye if need be
Thanks Jonette :) Right now it takes two people to get it in his eye unless it's me (I got a good system down now lol). I got tomorrow covered I think, I have two people doing the morning for me, I'm going to the barn on my lunch break and right after work, and then two more times in the evening.

Saturday may be more trouble though, so if I run out of helpers I'll give you a text! I appreciate the offer :)
     
    03-22-2012, 10:39 PM
  #17
Trained
I know 2 people that have had eye injuries with their horses.

The first was a weanling that punctured her eye. Yep, it was oozing directly from inside the eyeball. My friend had to use antibiotics multiple times a day. Her and the vet worked together to create a contact that they used on the filly to save the eye. She also made "sleezy flymask" type thing with a cone over the eye that was injured to prevent dust and flies from affecting her. A regular flymask wouldn't work. The filly was able to keep her eye and regained her vision back. The newspaper wrote a story on it, it's pretty cool.

The second friend that had issues has a horse with blue eyes. He has moon blindness, and one of the eyes got an ulcer and she thought that she was going to remove the eye. Vet gave her steroids and antibiotics and some other stuff that she had to put in the eye, every 2 hours...Yes 2 hours I said! For days. He was on bute for the time being. He eventually will have to be put down because of his eye issues but so far, he is doing okay. The other eye has a high chance of developing an ulcer as well and if that happens, she will put him down. She keeps a UV Flymask on him year round to deter the rays from the sun.
     
    03-22-2012, 11:05 PM
  #18
Yearling
We had to treat a couple of eye injuries, too - one of ours was blunt injury, we think from a toe of a boot. (We bought the horse at an auction, and they were trying to 'train' him to be ridable in the ring for a better price....but it backfired when the 'trainer' kicked him in the head to make him flex or turn.) The eyeball itself was full of blood and it was gray-green on the surface with the clot behind. Very strange and very painful. Meds 6 times a day for about 4 weeks, then 3 times a day for another few weeks. Our vet kept in touch with an equine ophthalmologist for consultation, and the horse healed up perfectly. It took about a year for the whole clot to be broken down and go away.

The other injury was a scratch injury, we think from weeds or brush in the pasture, which caused a corneal ulcer. Again, meds multiple times per day for a few days, and then less often for more days. She healed up nicely but had a tendency to rub the eye (I think they are itchy when they heal), which set us back a little from time to time.

Both horses are fully healed now, and have full vision.

Good luck, it's very time consuming but if you can get the infection cleared up, and the ulcer healed, things will get better. If there's blood inside the eye from the puncture, or if the gel-like liquid in the eye has leaked through the puncture a little, the internal part of the eye may look awful and take a long time to heal, but be patient. Mother nature is pretty awesome if we can give her a helping hand and then stay out of her way.
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    03-22-2012, 11:32 PM
  #19
Green Broke
I wonder if one of these fly masks would stay on him better. It has a zipper instead of velcro. I think Bo and Brandy would have a harder time getting it off... tho I think it's Bo who most likely is the Culprit

Http://www.amazon.com/Lycra-Fly-Mask-Comfort-Plus/dp/B001UFRI22
     
    03-22-2012, 11:50 PM
  #20
Foal
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Originally Posted by OuttatheBlue    
Thanks Jonette :) Right now it takes two people to get it in his eye unless it's me (I got a good system down now lol). I got tomorrow covered I think, I have two people doing the morning for me, I'm going to the barn on my lunch break and right after work, and then two more times in the evening.

Saturday may be more trouble though, so if I run out of helpers I'll give you a text! I appreciate the offer :)
I can give him peppermints! Im good at that! Lol
     

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