What do I use for eye trouble? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 14 Old 08-22-2012, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, this morning when I went out to feed, I noticed my pony's eye was a little runny and a little swollen. Yesterday we took it easy and worked on lunging becuase we are preparing for a possible hunter pace this fall. The work is about 5 days a week with medium difficulty. Some poles, small jumps, lots of new and unfamiliar jumps, and some general flat work. Her diet is 2 quarts of sweet feed morning and night. I know sweet feed isn't the healthiest choice, but that is what I afford. She is pasture fed during the day, not too thick but not too thin. She gets 3 flakes of hay in her stall every night and 1 or 2 flakes every morning. She has a fly mask on and uses dura gaurd fly spray daily. I hope some of this infornmation about her diet can help you. She did not have anything different as far as treats and what not goes, besides just that one eye, nothing seems to be bothering her. She is not in pain. What can I do for her?

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-22-2012, 01:22 PM
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Call a vet. They can have a tiny tiny scratch you can't see and only a vet can diagnose/treat. Could also be allergies but I would expect the other eye to at least be red. Either way call a vet.
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post #3 of 14 Old 08-22-2012, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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I probably will, just looking for a second opinion. Thank you.

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post #4 of 14 Old 08-22-2012, 01:28 PM
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I call my vet about everything. Even a bug bite got a vet call. A phone call is free and mine will at least advise if he feels it's necissary for him to come out.
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I'm hoping for your sake as well as your pony's that it is something simple like irritation from dust. But, with my experience concerning eye issues, I will also strongly second the "call a vet". You just don't want to mess around or wait with any eye issues.
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Thanks guys! Poppy, you have a good vet! She needs her shots and molars floated soon anyway. :)

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Eye issues in horses are always a reason to have a vet out immediately. Tearing is a sign of pain so though you said she isn't in pain I think you might be missing this subtle sign. Things go wrong very quickly with eyes so please call the vet right away.
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Just adding another vote to call a vet. Also, don't EVER put any ointments in an eye unless you've had a vet out first. Even if it's something that a vet gave you previously for an eye issue. Depending on what the exact issue is you could cause major issues (loss of an eye).
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post #9 of 14 Old 08-22-2012, 04:40 PM
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Add me to the list of people who say call your vet!


For my part, I used to be less militant about calling the vet for any little eye issue. But then this last spring my mare came in with a super swollen, runny, eye.
I figured I'd give it a day and see.
The next day it was no better, maybe even worse, so the vet came out. Turns out that my mare has a disease called ERU or "Moon Blindness" that had gone undiagnosed for years.
The time I took calling the vet ended up costing her precious vision. Now she's much blind-er than she would have been if I had just called the vet as soon as I noticed swelling.
Not to mention that over the years, prior to this event, she had had swollen eyes before that horsey friends of mine said were "nothing". I believed them but if I hadn't and called a vet instead, she could have gotten treatment for her ERU soooo much sooner. If she had been diagnosed sooner, she would still probably have more vision that she has now (with ERU, each "episode" = vision loss).

ERU is mostly likely not the issue with your girl but that's just an example of why it's so absolutely important to at least talk to a vet when you have a horse with a swollen, tearing, eye.
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The survey says: A vet.

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