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    04-06-2012, 05:48 PM
  #11
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Have been sending good eye vibes today...
Any news?
     
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    04-06-2012, 08:45 PM
  #12
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Well, the vet said that she didn't see any scratches or anything physical to indicate why Lacey's eye is so swollen. She did find that the pupil of Lacey's right eye (the swollen one) was pretty constricted, indicating pain.
She felt like the most likely answer is that Lacey has Moon Blindness/Recurrent Uveitis.
She also suggested that Lacey may have bonked her face on something super hard and gave herself some sort of horsey black eye.

She's treating it like Uveitis with 2 grams of bute a day for 3-5 days, having me stick a flymask on Lacey, and giving me some kind of steroid based ointment (can't remember the name, it's in my coat pocket) to use one her for at least the next 3 days. I'm supposed to call her in 3 days, on Monday, to update and make sure Lacey is progressing as she should.

This makes me sad. I really hope it's just a horsey black eye.

On the plus side, Lacey is already a champion about wearing her flymask and I have quite a few available for her so masking it up won't be hard. I even recently bought a flymask that can be attached to the bridle and her shed/thing is easily closed off and faces away from the sun if stalling on sunny days is needed, so we're pretty much set if it is Uveitis.
     
    04-06-2012, 09:19 PM
  #13
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Side note, I was just researching this Uveitis thing and the symptoms included "peripapillary depigmentation" which is what the vet called Lacey's original eye "weirdness" (the original "changes" she saw in Lacey's eyes the last time she checked them) today....

This is not looking good. Oh well, at least Lacey's loved, therefore she can have as many issues as she wants. I'll do whatever it takes to get it taken care of.


Side, side note: Lacey is such a sweetie. The vet was sticking stuff in her eyes and peering into each one for at least 5 minutes each and my sweet Lacey girl just put her head down and let the vet look. I had my arm around her neck, scratching her eternally itchy throatlatch, and she was totally relaxed, even with the vet doing her thing. I was so proud of my girl. She did have a few moments of "I don't wanna!" but she calmed right down and was overall VERY well behaved.
I'm so proud of her.
     
    04-06-2012, 09:26 PM
  #14
Weanling
I'm with you on eye problems... no fun at all. Hope it's just a black eye for your pretty girl!
     
    04-06-2012, 09:32 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Hope she heals up nicely. Would this have anything to do with your other thread about her new spooking? Could explain that. Either way hope everything works out for you two.
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    04-06-2012, 09:49 PM
  #16
Trained
Awwww Lacey D: I'm sure she'll heal up well. Give kisses!
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    04-07-2012, 01:41 AM
  #17
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Outta- Meeee too. You would know about how unfun eye problems are! I've been following your thread and man! Hang in there girl! :)

Poppy- Thanks, me too. I'm wondering about that. The vet seemed to feel that that (I mentioned the new major spooking) could definitely have something do do with this.
The vet also found a small cataract in each of Lacey's eyes that could also influence her spookiness. Either way, the new spooking is probably due to some kind of change in her eyes. :/

SorrelHorse, I will! :)




So I took some pictures of the girl when I went to check on her this evening and yknow, no thread about an injury is complete without pictures and no Lacey thread is complete without her sweet face, so I needed to fix that.

She was basically high on bute (2 tablets/grams when half a gram/tablet is usually enough to put her in a happy place) so she was feeling pretty great. It was really nice to see her feeling so happy, she was obviously not feeling any pain.

High horse.



Her poor poor eye. This is basically how she's been holding it 24/7. I bet the muscles around it are getting tired.




Derpy face.




Happy happy high horse.




There's the invalid. She appreciates your good thoughts and sends snuggles, horse hugs, and kisses to everybody. :)
     
    04-07-2012, 12:41 PM
  #18
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Well the patient seems to be in good (albeit drugged) spirits! LOL
Maybe she had an argument with the llamas and got a good wad of spit in the eye. Since llama spit is actually stomach juices it can do a nasty job on an eye. (Ask me how I know this )

Here's hoping its nasty spit juice or that she lost a boxing match with a llama, who can kick surprisingly hard and will give a really nice shiner.

Am thinking good thoughts and fingers crossed that its not anything beyond that and she'll be back to herself in no time.
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    04-07-2012, 01:21 PM
  #19
Showing
I keep small vials of saline which are easy to squirt into the horse's eye. Mine were from the pharmacy. One of the contact lens solutions, just the saline one works. I like the vials, pop the tab off, squeeze and it shoots onto the eye.
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    04-07-2012, 02:45 PM
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Well, I dunno if this is good or bad, I'd say mostly good, but this morning I went up there to stick more ointment in her eye and when I pulled her flymask off, inside the shed, her eye was completely open and not teary, though still a little swollen! She had been standing in the full sun too, before I brought her in, so yay!
However, her pupil was still obviously constricted and as soon as she moved her head into the sun, "Captain Squint-y" was back and her eye immediately started tearing. I'm not thinking that's the normal reaction of a black eye, but we'll see!

She's still feeling good, though not as good as last night (she was 2hrs in on her 2 grams of bute last night, ), and she had smashed her face/bad eye into the dirt and got mud ALLLLLLLLL over it, even inside the flymask! I guess she's trying to make it better by following the old adage of "Rub some dirt in it! You'll be fine". Lol!

She got a fresh mask and I'm cleaning the dirty one so yay for that!

Side note: she has wet mud all over her face and around the eye. I'd like to clean it off but I'm not sure how to do that without possibly irritating the eye. Do you think a warm wet cloth would be fine or should I just leave the mud until it dries and brush it off?
     

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