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    03-08-2011, 07:40 AM
Eye problem

Last summer Candy had infected eye. It healed and than returned in 2 weeks. I was cleaning her eye with chamomile tea and go to the vet. He said she probably get something in her eye and even if it healed she has more sensitive eye so wind is big deal for her. He gave me some cream, gel, something like that, to put into her eye. It helped a lot. Well she didn't have any problems anymore. Yesterday she was out as always, and it was very windy. Today she has swollen and runny eye again. It's been half a year, but now again. Does this mean she have to be in always in when the wind is blowing?
If someone has/had problems like that, what did you do?
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    03-08-2011, 09:59 PM
I used to ride a paint with a white face, and he would get conjunctivitis all the time. I used a medicine called "Terramycin". It is for dogs and horses, and can be purchased without a vet prescription. Just google it and places to buy it will appear. You could try that maybe as a coating on windy days. Sometimes if his eye is leaky, I have also used regular old Neosporin. You can apply it to the eye just like the Terramycin. I have also heard of people using Visine (the allergy kind, I think it's Visine A).
Hope this helps!
    03-08-2011, 11:06 PM
Fly masks can help sensitive horses or horses prone to getting flying debree in their eyes such as when trailring etc. I kept one on my blue eyed pink skinned paint mare 24-7 after I got her. She had sensitive eyes and the fly mask helped her a ton.
    03-09-2011, 08:29 AM
Thanks a lot :)
Candy has conjunctivitis too. Vet gave me something that contains Tobramycin and it's helping a lot, but he was a bit worried giving me medication without seeing the mare, but I already had it the last time, and it's definitely the same.
I'll use the fly mask in the summer, now it's still winter and we're flyfree :P
    03-09-2011, 10:10 AM
I'm very scared!! Candy's eye is much better right now, it's not swollen, but there is a light shape in her eye, half centimeter big, looks like on a picture, if I would try to take a pic and there would be just little light around and the light on a camera would light... What is that thing?! Please help! Mom doesn't allow me to call a vet, but I will if this won't disappear.
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    03-09-2011, 06:35 PM
Id call a vet asap and stop self treating. Eyes go bad very fast when there is a problem. Also using a mediction with steriods in it on the wrong types of eye issues can cause massive problems and blindness. I have a blind in one eye horse..Id do everything I could to save his vision if Id had him when it happened. Don't wait.

I was talking about using a fly mask to protect her eyes from flying debris also since you said the wind bothered her. They don't have to just be for flies.
    03-09-2011, 09:50 PM
Yes I would agree about having vet look at the eye immediately. I don't know the name of it, but I know paint horses can be afflicted with a genetic eye condition that can be very dangerous.
    03-09-2011, 09:59 PM
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Definitely call the vet. Like Trin said with eyes permanent damage can happen quickly and the wrong treatment can make things worse.
    03-10-2011, 07:39 AM
I called a vet, he said the medication he gave me can't do anything bad to her eye, but he said I have to stop using chamomile tea, he said it's bad, because there are little pieces in it and it's not hygenical and that could cause injury in eye. He'll come to check it...
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    03-11-2011, 09:48 AM
Vet was here today. It's a tiny injury, she got something in the eye, but it went away. Vet said to continue using the drops until monday, and not to worry because her sight is fine (well probably it disturbs her, having the injury, but she sees), and eye's not swollen or runny anymore (so the drops are helping)
Trinity, I send my sister to buy me the mask (since she works near the shop), do I have to sew something on the side where the sensitive eye is, to prevent the wind? I never hold a mask and I don't really know how it works...
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