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post #1 of 7 Old 11-22-2011, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Question Eyelid Blisters

A friend of mine has a horse that has developed blisters around the upper and lower eyelid. The eye is also running. The horse is an overo with pink skin around the eye. My friend calls it eye blisters. Temperatures were 100+ degrees all summer long so I could see how the sun could have possibly caused this with the pink skin but I don't know that for sure. Anyone ever seen this condition before? I posted an up close picture of the horses eye in my photo album.
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-22-2011, 11:20 PM
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What did the vet say?
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We have a paint with a bald face and he gets blistered if we don't keep a fly mask on him and put sunscreen on him. The vet warned us that he would be prone to developing skin cancer because of his pink skin around the eye on one side. His eye on the white side does tend to water more than the other side.

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What did the vet say?
Horse belongs to a friend and I don't know what action has been taken regarding a vet.
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I'm not a vet ..... but I am an eye doctor (human one ).

As danastark already mentioned, my first guess would be they are associated with the sun exposure and white skin. It could be cancerous lesions, or it could be an allergic reaction of some kind (which makes sense with watering from the eye), or some other kind of lumps/bumps that are common. I can't make a more educated guess than that without seeing what the bumps look like.

Horses (and any other kind of animal) with white skin around the eyes are indeed more prone to cancer and problems because the light pigment really reflects the light and doesn't protect well from the suns rays, unlike horses who have dark coloration around their eye. Watering eyes are certainly not uncommon because of the intense brightness can illicit a watering response (light induces the same things in humans -- makes your eyes water -- cranial nerve response).

Best thing would be to recommend to your friend to have the mysterious bumps checked out by a vet. If they would happen to turn out to be cancerous, the sooner you treat it, the better the outcome.

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Tell your friend to get a UV protected fly mask in the future, and have her call the vet for advice on medicine for getting them to go away now.

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I'm not a vet ..... but I am an eye doctor (human one ).

As danastark already mentioned, my first guess would be they are associated with the sun exposure and white skin. It could be cancerous lesions, or it could be an allergic reaction of some kind (which makes sense with watering from the eye), or some other kind of lumps/bumps that are common. I can't make a more educated guess than that without seeing what the bumps look like.

Horses (and any other kind of animal) with white skin around the eyes are indeed more prone to cancer and problems because the light pigment really reflects the light and doesn't protect well from the suns rays, unlike horses who have dark coloration around their eye. Watering eyes are certainly not uncommon because of the intense brightness can illicit a watering response (light induces the same things in humans -- makes your eyes water -- cranial nerve response).

Best thing would be to recommend to your friend to have the mysterious bumps checked out by a vet. If they would happen to turn out to be cancerous, the sooner you treat it, the better the outcome.
Thank you for your time and insight on this situation. Really appreciate it.
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