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    01-10-2010, 11:01 PM
Runny, closed eye? Help!

When I went out to feed the horses a few days ago, I noticed my older geldings eye was swollen shut and there was secretion creating a running path down his cheek from his eye. This worried me because he has an eye problem in his other eye, where it's cloudy. I treat it with cream my vet gave me, but it doesn't clear it up entirely, just a little to improve his vision in that eye. The eye that was recently swollen shut, however, causes a problem because now he is almost completely blind until this problem clears up.

Today I put a blanket on him because it's really cold out, and put a hot compress on the running eye. If it doesn't clear up by tomorrow morning I'm going to call the vet. Any ideas for what caused this or what I can do to heal it? It could have been caused from me riding him for an hour in cold weather the day before it occured, but I doubt it because it wasn't that cold.

Any help is appreciated. If need be, I can post pictures tomorrow afternoon
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    01-10-2010, 11:10 PM
Use tea! Regular tea has stuff in it that's going to help they eye a lot. To reduce swelling - use cold tea.
It is a good idea to get the vet out in case there is something lodged in there, but it is likely that he just bumped it.

Good luck!
    01-10-2010, 11:32 PM
Green Broke
Any time there are eye issues I get the vet out ASAP. Just not worth messing with. I've only had one some-what serious one, but it turned out to be an eye ulcer that needed drops & gel that I had to put in it a couple times a day.
    01-11-2010, 12:38 AM
Eye issues are nothing to be messed with. They're pretty much the one thing you really shouldn't wait and see on, ever. Because pressures in the eye must be maintained within tight limits, any time there is an infection or inflammation, it is very important to remedy the situation asap. Please call the vet if the eye isn't markedly improved by morning. Often, holding an eye shut and excessive tearing indicate pain as well. You don't want your guy to suffer.
    01-11-2010, 05:16 PM
Im charging my phone to call the vet's pictures I took a few minutes ago:

    01-11-2010, 05:32 PM
I hope its nothing serious. We had a horse cut his cornea on a tree limb from scratching his head on it in the pasture!! Ugh disaster prone animals. Keep us updated on what the vet says.
    01-11-2010, 06:14 PM
I'll keep you guys posted.... The vets closed now except for emergencies so I'll try again tomorrow. My moms friend lives a few minutes away and has horses....she said to buy an eye flush? My moms going to TSC to pick one up and I told her to ask them about the cold tea thing while she's there. Her friend also said that if the area around the eye is hot, it's an infection so I'll check that out tonight. Wish me luck! I hope this isn't anything serious.
    01-11-2010, 07:45 PM
This is an emergency if your horse can't see well out of his other eye.
    01-11-2010, 11:05 PM
Kevin is right, it absolutely is an emergency since he is blind (or mostly so) in the other eye. All eye injuries are emergencies, even for humans. I scratched my cornea once, just a tiny little scratch. Within 24 hours the swelling and pressure was so great, the ophthamologist said I nearly lost vision completely.

When the clinic I work at gets calls about eyes, even if it doesn't sound serious and even if it is the middle of the night, we go out and check it.
    01-12-2010, 12:18 PM
Green Broke
The vet should have been called the 1st day not several days later. This is animal cruelty to not render care in a timely manner.

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