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post #41 of 51 Old 01-28-2013, 03:54 PM
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Elizabeth, you're doing great. The eye does look better to me, but I don't think it's time to stop treating yet. One of the biggest problems I see is stopping treatment too soon, so see if you can get some more ointment. The drugs you listed in your earlier post do not contain a steroid so no fear going forward with the current regimen, I just think you need to keep it up a little longer. Your filly is so lucky to have you!
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post #42 of 51 Old 01-28-2013, 04:00 PM
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I'm treating an eye also. Ditto on the "no steriods on eye with ulcer".

We're using atropine (ointment - not drops) once daily for 1 week.
And antibiotic (name evades me right now) multiple times a day
And Itraconazole (multiple times a day) .. for the nice little fungus trying to grow under the cornea

My little guy is soooo patient about all this... and I've been told we could be doing this for WEEKS .. even two months or more.
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I'm treating an eye also. Ditto on the "no steriods on eye with ulcer".

We're using atropine (ointment - not drops) once daily for 1 week.
And antibiotic (name evades me right now) multiple times a day
And Itraconazole (multiple times a day) .. for the nice little fungus trying to grow under the cornea

My little guy is soooo patient about all this... and I've been told we could be doing this for WEEKS .. even two months or more.
WOOF! Be careful, fungal keratitis is a tough one. Sounds like you're on top of it. Word to the wise- if a vet suggests a keratectomy (cutting out the fungus) say NOOOO! I assisted an ophthalmologist on a repair for another vet who really screwed things up. Owners spent $11,000 trying to save the eye and in the end lost it. Good thing mare was insured!
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post #44 of 51 Old 01-28-2013, 04:48 PM
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Yeah .. he didn't sugar coat it .. we moved him to the backyard so we can treat him as often as possible and stay on top of it .. for the next 100 years! Lol

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post #45 of 51 Old 01-29-2013, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Wow best of luck to you Texasgal.
And I totally understand, Snowy is doing well with her situation. She's letting me actually mess with her eye (touching around it, and thoroughly looking at it), she's doing good. Still a trough hog LOL. We'll be contacting the new vet sometime this week and explain the situation, and have them come and check her eye and see about continued treatment. Wish her owners would move a little faster with this though.....
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We have been calling and pestering them for the past week, the one said she shouldn't of even come out to check on her. I was like WHAT!!! Seriously. I think i'm going to change vets now, i'm over it.
She's on Atropine Sulfate Ophthalmic solution USP, and Neomycin (as needed) and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Bacitracin Zinc Ophthalmic ointment USP (3X day)
She's getting harder and harder to handle anymore. I can usually get the ointment in no problem, but the drops is another story....
I need to get more ointment too.
Wow!! Your situation sounds a LOT like mine. My horse injured his eye on a trail ride with a thorn, had the vet out who was VERY big into waiting to see what would happen. As it progressed I got another vet who started to be a lot more proactive (catheter in the eye to treat the ulcer every couple of hours) but we still lost the eye in the end.

My horse started to get terrible with the treatment too, and he's normally a pretty calm guy. What helped us what eventually just twitching him every time I needed to give him medicine, made it less stressful for the both of us and then I knew he was getting all of the medicine in every time.

Best of luck to you and your horse!
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My horse injured his eye on a trail ride with a thorn, had the vet out who was VERY big into waiting to see what would happen. As it progressed I got another vet who started to be a lot more proactive (catheter in the eye to treat the ulcer every couple of hours) but we still lost the eye in the end.

What helped us what eventually just twitching him every time I needed to give him medicine, made it less stressful for the both of us and then I knew he was getting all of the medicine in every time.

Best of luck to you and your horse!
Thanks! But we have no idea how she injured her eye. All we know is that she gouged a chunk out of it and it ulcerated, and got really bad. I hope she does't lose her eye.
And yea I have to twitch her too, but now I just have to stick my fingers in her nose and she stands still for me.
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Question. Looked at her eye yesterday, and it's healing nicely, but where the extent of the damage was done and the ulcer itself was, is an off white color. Is this ok? The cloudiness is clearing up, and she will most definitely have a scar.

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post #49 of 51 Old 01-31-2013, 10:44 PM
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Question. Looked at her eye yesterday, and it's healing nicely, but where the extent of the damage was done and the ulcer itself was, is an off white color. Is this ok? The cloudiness is clearing up, and she will most definitely have a scar.
I was hoping that someone who knew what they were talking about would answer you, maybe tomorrow.

Sounds really good, Elizabeth, I wish you had the meds to treat it a few days longer but maybe it's progressed enough to where you have it beaten. I hope so. I imagine the off white color where the ulcer was is the scar. You did good, gal. Please keep us updated.
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Poor thing!!! Glad you are working with her to make it better. My cousin has had two horses do this...OMG one is partially blind now. I know one of the horses - maybe both, Doc sewed his eye closed with a drain. Ugh...expensive and hard to give the meds.

I had an eye ulcer myself in 1990. OMG painful. The meds burned like pouring fire in my eyes. Took a long time to heal. It came back years later and both times I got over it without loss of vision but I wouldn't wish an eye ulcer on my worst enemy - man or beast.

Hope she improves and regains all of her vision.
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