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post #1 of 9 Old 02-12-2013, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-12-2013, 10:30 AM
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Hope he heals up quick, looks like a nice stitching job
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He's lucky to have you ... *hugs*

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post #4 of 9 Old 02-12-2013, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Well, he has a special place in my heart. I was an avid rider in my youth & then life got in the way. Smokey is the first horse I bought when I started riding again, he helped me gain confidence and was patient as I relearned. Over the years my herd has grown to five and Smokey doesn't get ridden much, but I know I can saddle him up after 6 mos off, step on and have an enjoyable ride.
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post #5 of 9 Old 02-12-2013, 11:51 AM
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Thanks for sharing, Looks like a really good job. I was expecting different.
He is probly much more confortable now without it bothering him. Hope he has a speedy recovery.
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post #6 of 9 Old 02-12-2013, 03:51 PM
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I hope the recovery goes well. If the eye was painful you defiantly did the right thing
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-12-2013, 03:56 PM
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Thanks for sharing!
He's going to feel so much better! He's lucky to have you. :)

Do you mind sharing how much it cost to have that surgery? Just for my own future reference (obviously prices vary by area and such - just interested).

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post #8 of 9 Old 02-12-2013, 04:01 PM
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My mare had an accident that sliced her through her cornea. I was sooo worried after her surgery, we opted to save the eye so I know exactly how you feel. We may later have to have it removed if it starts giving her problems but looks great now although no vision....Words of encouragement are "They adjust so quickly it's amazing!!!" I thought for sure I'd have issues with her being a clutz but it actually has inproved her sure footedness She pays attention more so now. Your guy I'm sure has completely adjusted to his loss of vision and you have just relieved him of his pain by having it removed, so don't feel bad or worry you definitely made the right choice
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-12-2013, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, everyone, for your kind words & support. Wallaby, the cost was quite reasonable, $250. We are in a rural area, my vet treats anything that comes through the door. Facilities are not fancy, no surgical suite....he laid Smokey down in a little pasture adjacent to the barn. We had him remove a cow's eye a couple of years ago (condition called cancer eye) so I kind of knew what to expect.
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