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    11-16-2013, 05:31 PM
Green Broke
Watery eye?

My geldin has recently gotten one eye that constantly waters up. Not swollen or anything and it normally looks fine just waters up. Only a few times have I gotten to the barn and he's closing it but it's just for a second then it's open again. I am going to call the vet on call tomorrow and get opinions. I'm wondering if he poked his eye? It's been like this for two weeks if not more and it hasn't been an issue. But looking to get opinions? My donkeys eye waters in the summer and I assumed from the flys. I just put a fly mask on and it helps. But this, I'm not sure.
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    11-16-2013, 05:36 PM
It could be conjunctivitis, scratched, herpes etc. I am one to not let eye issues go on for long with getting a vet out. You said it has been two weeks, it's good to have the vet out.
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    11-16-2013, 05:50 PM
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1000% what goneriding said.

My mare's eyes used to constantly water during the summer and I thought it was from flies irritating her. Turns out that she has ERU [Moon Blindness] and by leaving her untreated, I inadvertently 'helped' her become more blind.
There was a point, about 2 years ago, where one of her eyes suddenly became very watery and swollen. I assumed it was "run of the mill" eye stuff and left it for a day before calling the vet. Once the vet came out, we discovered her ERU, and she was started on treatment.
However, thanks to the single day I waited before getting the vet out, Lacey is now at least 90% blind in that eye that swelled up.
I even posted on this forum the day her eye swelled up, got advice to call the vet asap, and was like "psh, you worrywarts! I'll give it a day. She'll be fine."
And she was not fine. Alive? Yes. But worse off due to the day I took to 'wait and see'? Yes.

Not saying that your guy[s] have anything like ERU -it's probably something simple+small with them- but eye issues are really serious business.
    11-16-2013, 08:18 PM
Green Broke
May need to be flushed by vet. Could help.

Could be something more serious. Don't mess with eyes.
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    11-16-2013, 09:50 PM
Green Broke
Ok thanks guys. I don't know why I didn't think about it sooner. I guess I was just thinking it was the colder weather or the dust. I will call the vet on duty tomorrow and see if she can somehow come out or if I can get an appointment Monday if not.
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    11-17-2013, 12:53 AM
Which gelding is this? Brown eyed or Blue eyed?

Blue eyed horses ARE more likely to have issues with their eyes. My friends gelding was put down at 15 due to Uvitis because of his blue eyes. The pain was too much for him, after 2 years on bute, it was too much and not fair to him anymore.

Eyes are NOTHING to mess with. I've never dealt with them personally *knocks wood* but I would not let any issue go back 48 hours without vet consultation.
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    11-17-2013, 09:10 AM
Green Broke
This is my brown eyed gelding. Will be scheduling an appointment asap.
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    11-17-2013, 09:45 AM
Green Broke
Could be as simple as a plugged duct and needs flushing.

Or it may be allergies or an eye infection. Is there any "pus" fluid to the watering? Any cloudiness in the eye? Or does the eye look normal?
    11-17-2013, 06:39 PM
Green Broke
The eye looks normal just alittle watery. He does have more eye boogers then normal but that's it.
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    11-20-2013, 06:49 AM
Green Broke
So the vet came out. Checked his eyes over and dyed them to see if he had poked it or something. Everything came out fine so vet thought he probably had a blocked year duct. She flushed both out and said the one that was pretty watery seemed to be alittle blocked. She gave me eye ointment to put in his eyes for the next few days. Seems like it's working so far but eye is still alittle runny. She also said he may be one of those horses who needs them flushed once a year. Who knows.
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