Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: secret mountain valley
My #1 rule, with eyes you never hesitate!! If you have any questions about your vet's abilities, find a second opinion. And others are right, steroids plus ulcer = a sure fire way to melt (yes MELT) a cornea. You do not need a systemic anti-inflammatory but if you cannot get a topical in with regularity then you should consider something systemic. Another note, if you cannot get the meds in reliably, please ask the vet about a subpalpebral lavage system. They are very easy to place and can make a world of difference when it comes to putting treatments in the eye.
Basically the SPL is a little disk that sits under the eyelid and is connected to a tube that you can braid into the mane so you can deliver meds in the eye without trying to pry open those lids! Horses get keen to it quickly and it can still be challenging to get them to cooperate, but it still makes a massive difference when trying to get drops in a horse eye.