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    07-07-2010, 09:26 AM

My vet has diagnosed my horse with keratitis in his eyes. His left eye has a cataract in it from before I bought him after a previous accident and he had a trauma ulcer in his right eye last year.

During the spring and summer his left eye keeps flaring up with keratiitis. He gets a steroid and anti inflammatory drops along with natural tears 2 to 3 x daily until his eye heals. He gets turned out with a fly mask on but occasionally he gets his mask off his eye flares up again. At present he is now stabled during the day and out in the field at night with his mask on.

I'm wondering if anyone has had dealings with this and how they go about treating it and if you have any more info on the condition.
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    07-07-2010, 06:48 PM
Are you sure that your vet diagnosed keratitis rather than Equine Recurrent Uveitis?
    07-08-2010, 04:32 PM
Yes he diagnosed Keratitis as the problem because when I asked about recurrent uvitis it attacks a different part of the eye.

My horse has just been given box rest for it :( Because when he in during the day the inflammation dies down and inner lid goes pink but once he turned out at night by morning the inflammation is back in the eye
    07-08-2010, 04:39 PM
I would ask my vet to consult with a DVM that specializes in ophthalmology. There are some odd conditions out there that your vet may not know about.

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