Swollen eye

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Swollen eye

This is a discussion on Swollen eye within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Swollen eyelids on horse from flies

LinkBack Thread Tools
    11-18-2013, 12:45 PM
Swollen eye

I noticed last night that my mare's left eye would not open more than a slit. It seems a little swollen and she kept wanting to rub it on my arm. I've had my horses for a little over a year and have not had to deal with hardly any health issues, so I'm wondering if this is something I should call the vet for right away or just keep an eye on. Is there something I can do myself?
Posted via Mobile Device
Sponsored Links
    11-18-2013, 01:14 PM
She may have scratched her eye and yes, getting the vet is a good idea.
    11-18-2013, 01:45 PM
There could also be a foreign object up under the lid. Best to have a vet out before it gets worse.
    11-18-2013, 03:29 PM
Green Broke
I'm going to give a third vote to "call the vet".

It could simply be a bad allergic reaction to the eyelids, or it could be a corneal abrasion, or a foreign body, or an eye infection, or who knows what.
    11-18-2013, 03:30 PM
Green Broke
Vet vet vet....
Posted via Mobile Device
    11-19-2013, 11:43 AM
And the vet said?
    11-19-2013, 11:59 AM
Vet , my mares eye was swollen in the summer and was runny vet said "her eye looks grossly normal" she had a ulcer size of a crumb. Longer you wait more chance horse could be permanently blind or need surgery! :)
    11-20-2013, 10:01 AM
I doubt it is this since summer and fall are almost over, but I know my horse's eye will swell up if the flies are bad. He gets horrible fly bites and his eyelid will swell and he will try to rub it on anything. My solution is a fly mask, which usually prevents most reactions.

The vet told me to take the saline stuff I had when I had a scratch in my eye and to use it on my horse's eye. He didn't like it much, but it worked very well.

But yes, call the vet just to make sure it isn't terribly serious.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Swollen eye HeroMyOttb Horse Health 9 06-30-2012 02:48 AM
Swollen eye... Wallaby Horse Health 28 04-09-2012 11:48 AM
Swollen eye- what to do? SarahAnn Horse Health 12 11-05-2011 10:35 AM
Swollen Eye Sophie19 Horse Health 9 06-15-2009 04:43 PM
Swollen Eye Vidaloco Horse Health 7 07-28-2008 02:38 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:45 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0