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post #1 of 5 Old 08-11-2012, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Red eye, no discharge..

My geldings eye is red on the white of his eye, not BLOOD red but like irritated red. There isnt any discharge or oozing or anything. Maybe he just poked it or something? should i do anything to help it return to normal or just let it go away on its own..
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-11-2012, 05:44 PM
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Allergies? Call your vet and ask what they think.
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Get a good equine Vet to look at it IN PERSON. The type of treatment required is exactly opposite for an eye with even a tiny scratch or abrasion as opposed to an inflamed or irritated eye from allergies, a blocked tear duct or ???

I would not let any Vet put a steroid drop or ointment in it without a thorough examination. I usually opt for dying it first to see for sure if there is even a tiny scratch or abrasion. I have known of horses losing sight in an eye when an antibiotic with a steroid in it like Gentocin Durafilm was used when a Vet just dispensed it across the counter and only asked the owner if the eye was scratched. I have also had horses (have one now) that is partially blind because of a bad Vet treatment.

A straight antibiotic ointment will not damage any eye, but will not clear up an inflamed one as quickly as a steroid + antibiotic ointment will. Sometimes, an injured or inflamed eye will not clear up in mid Summer without a patch or a fly mask that has been blacked out on that side.

So, please call a Vet and if it were my horse, I would not wait until Monday because eyes can go south or go blind very quickly and sometimes the damage is not reversible.
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Horses DO get "pink eye" which is very contagious. does he rub it like it's itchy? I would get a vet to take a look at it.
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Late response, but it slowly just went away and puffiness came down, it must have been something that got in his eye and irritated it.. We live in the Sandhills and it can get awful windy blowing dirt and things up.. Glad it just went away though!
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