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post #1 of 5 Old 12-01-2011, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Goopey eye

I've noticed my mare frequently has one goopey eye. The discharge is white or beige. A typical color. But the other day she had it in her upper lashes too so obviously the goop was thicker that day.

It only happens in one eye (always the same eye) and otherwise she has no swelling and doesn't seemed bothered by it. The cornea is clear and there is no redness that I can see. No runny nose either. It's infrequent that I will see no goop in it though.

Just wondering what is causing it or what it might be. Originally I thought it might be flies but now that it is cold, there are no flies out.
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-02-2011, 12:06 AM
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Have you tried flushing her tear ducts? I know it's a broken record but try some liquid vit A (orally). Goopy eyes is one sign of a deficiency. Yes, you don't typically have signs this time of year with green grass just dieing back but it's worth a try.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-02-2011, 01:14 AM
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My horse always has a goopy eye. I asked the vet about it and he didn't think it was anything to worry about.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-02-2011, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by lauraetco View Post
My horse always has a goopy eye. I asked the vet about it and he didn't think it was anything to worry about.
Mine too...the vet flushed her tear ducts, said they were open and all was okay.

I just wipe her eyes twice a day.....she seems to like it....
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-03-2011, 09:09 AM
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Same here. The vet has checked her a bunch of times, considered allergies, assessed the tear ducts. He thinks either that's just how she is, or she has an allergy that he can't figure out.

She doesn't seem particularly uncomfortable. I also just wipe them out every day. Warm water on a washcloth works since when I'm grooming, the goop is typically hard and caked on.
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