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post #1 of 10 Old 01-04-2011, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Is something up with his eye?

So I just went out to ride Gizmo and this is like the send day his good eye has been a little runny and he closes it often, not when riding. I was watching he was keeping it open. He has moon blindness in his other eye. At first I just thought it was because it got cold and windy, but now I'm not sure. He has also had this bump on his eye since we had a bad storm one night and he hit it. The really bad scratch he had is just about gone away but the bump is still there pretty good. But this is the first time that this eye has bothered him and that bump has been there for a couple of months now. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-04-2011, 02:57 PM
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Yes, call the vet. Eye injuries are not to be taken lightly, especially if he's already moon blind in the uninjured eye.
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The vet is coming out anyways to do his shot in a couple of days. I'm going to put some asprin in his feed when I feed him. That helps sometimes when his other eyes is bothering him. Sometimes he is kinda dumb and hits it on his hay or something. It isn't leaky any more after I cleaned it up, and even then it wasn't that bad. I think he might have just got something in it. But what would I look for if he were getting moon blindness in his eye? It looks clear and bright. And I shined a light on it and say his pupils react.
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-04-2011, 03:45 PM
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do you have any kind of sterile eye flush that you can try to flush his eye out just in case he got some dirt or a piece of hay or shavings in his eye, if there is something in his eye and he waits a few days for the vet to come out he could develop an ulcer in the eye, if you don't have any you can probably get some from your local cvs or riteaid
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post #5 of 10 Old 01-04-2011, 04:00 PM
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If your vet won't be there in a couple of days, I would get some plain saline solution from your drug store. It will be with the contact solutions. Thoroughly flush his eye as best you can today and tomorrow. He may have gotten something under his eyelid. One of our horses was showing the same symptoms. The owner flushed his eye daily and it's starting to show improvement. If it was my horse though, I would have called the vet.
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post #6 of 10 Old 01-04-2011, 04:02 PM
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I would have called the vet when the bump occurred.

If the vet is truly coming in just a couple of days then I guess rinsing it today and seeing what it does is an OK solution. If the vet is going to be more than a couple of days then call them out now.

Your horse is already missing the ability to use one eye. Do not risk the other eye over the price of a vet call.
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post #7 of 10 Old 01-04-2011, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I washed his eye out earlier I haven't gone up and checked him again yet. But it is very possible he got something in it. He sticks his head way into his hay when eating and he does have shaving in his stall and lays his head down when he lays down, its kinda cute. But I haven't checked on him yet. I will later tonight and she how he is.
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post #8 of 10 Old 01-04-2011, 09:29 PM
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Make sure you're rinsing it with saline solution for eyes, and not just the hose or a sponge. You can introduce more debris or possibly bacteria if you don't use a real eye flush or a new bottle of saline.
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post #9 of 10 Old 01-04-2011, 10:29 PM
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Definitly have a vet look at it.
I'm not trying to make you paranoid, but one of my friends' horses just lost his eye. It started out as a scratch on the cornea, but then got some kind of fungus in it. Even though they were treating it agressively with meds he still lost it.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.

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post #10 of 10 Old 01-04-2011, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks and I totally forgot! The vet has seen him since he got the bump, she checked him over and did blood tests on him and everything when he came up lame and it turned out to be founder. So I'm sure she would have said something about it then. So I think its just a scab that hasn't gone away yet. I was picking at it today and it was coming off, I just didn't want to make him bleed.
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