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    07-18-2011, 10:06 PM
Help with Horse's eye

This is what his eye looks like , never looked like this before and it runs and gooey lookin and his eyelid looks kinda swollen .. Please help

It is the stuff in the lower corner towards the front.

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    07-18-2011, 10:54 PM
Green Broke
That horse needs to be seen by a vet ASAP. Eyes are nothing to mess with, they can turn bad really fast & can be difficult to treat.
I hope whatever it is is minor.
    07-18-2011, 10:58 PM
I called and will be atleast 2 weeks before he can get out there , not many horse vets around here
    07-18-2011, 11:31 PM
How long has the eye been like this? And is the horse allowed to roam in a pasture with high grass? Sometimes the tall grass will poke them in the eye. Hay can also do the same thing. My horse had that happen and his eye looked JUST like that. I just put some Visine in it and in less than a week it was back to normal.
    07-18-2011, 11:33 PM
He roams freely in pasture , no tall grass but some tall stems from where it was cut not long ago . I just noticed it today , didn't look like that yesterday .

Did you use just regular people visine
    07-18-2011, 11:38 PM
Sounds like he probably got poked then. It will probably heal up on its own. When my horse got poked, I just put Visine in my horse's eye upon a friend's recommendation. I am not sure if the Visine did anything or if the eye healed itself lol But I'd just keep an eye on it while you wait on the vet. Could very well be something else but it looks like a poked eye to me.
    07-18-2011, 11:45 PM
Green Broke
He might have cut scraped by something...any barb wire? Flies can be an issue as well. Do you put a fly mask on him? Flies can cause eye infections/irritate. If you do use one make sure you clean it every week or 2 as it does get dirty.

Eyes are def. Not something to mess with. Have you noticed any fogging in the eye? Does he have tears in that eye and does he keep it shut a lot like it hurts? This can be caused by the cornea seperating and it's very painful. You would need to buy or have the vet(which I would recommend if you don't know what you are looking for) check with an opthalmoscope :) Having the corena seperate causes permanent blindness.
    07-18-2011, 11:48 PM
Green Broke
It could be something as minor as a speck of something irritating the 3rd eyelid, or as serious as a scraped cornea. No way to know without a vet looking at it.

I've had the vet out a couple times for similar eye issues. Knock on wood, they were fine, but you never know.

I also have seen a handful of horses over the year with cloudy/partially blind eyes too, that I assume are from some sort of injury.

PS. A fly mask will help keep the flies out of the corners of his eye as they just love runny eyes.
    07-18-2011, 11:53 PM
WHen I put a fly mask on him his eyes run very badly , so I took it off . He has done that for years with the mask on they run .
Right now doesn't look like any fogging and he doesn't close it or act like it hurts . Just running alot and the swelling and the black/white thing in the bottom of eye looking pretty nasty .
Was wandering if a saline like I use to clean my eyes would work to clean it out .
He is about 23 or 24 years old and this is the first problem I have ever had with him .
    07-19-2011, 12:00 AM
The thing in the bottom front is circled in red in this pic , never seen that there before either .

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