Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Southwest Arkansas
Had Smokey's eye removed *graphic*
There have been a few ERU/one eyed horse threads on here lately, so I thought this might be of interest. I have an 18 yo grade gelding, Smokey, that I have owned for 15 years. He lost the sight in his left eye to ERU several years ago, but as it was not causing him any problems we elected to leave the eye alone. Over time it has atrophied and over the last month or so has become inflamed, weepy, and painful. Yesterday he had surgery to have it removed. I am posting a picture of the eye before surgery and a pic taken this morning. I did take a couple of pics during the surgery, but I don't feel they are appropriate for this forum. He appears comfortable this morning, and is eating well...over all I think he has handled it better than I have. I had a really strong emotional reaction to seeing him laid flat out under sedation & it has really bothered me to have that eye removed. I don't know why, he was BLIND....but I guess as long as there was an eye there was at least the appearance of "normalcy". Keeping fingers crossed for an uneventful recovery.