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post #1 of 10 Old 10-04-2007, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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yukky eye

a couple of days ago, I noticed my mare had a weepy eye. The fluid was clear. It looked like she was crying at one point there was so much fluid.

Yesterday morning she had lots of eye snot (sorry about the term but that's what we call the eye gunk you get in the morning sometimes :))

This morning, all under her eye was crusty and there were large pieces of yellowish snot stuck in the corner of her eye. Her other eye is fine though.

I cleaned it yesterday and today with a saline solution as I have no idea what the prob is and I had nothing to treat it with anyway.

Any ideas??

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post #2 of 10 Old 10-04-2007, 10:50 AM
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I typed in "horse eye discharge yellow crusty" in Google and the first entry said if the discharge is yellow or green, the eye has an infection.

"There shouldn’t be any discharge from his eye. If there is, it means that there’s something in his eye that is irritating him and making it tear. If the discharge is yellow or greenish in color, he may have an eye infection." That's from the article

I would call the vet out there and get their opinion on it.
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-04-2007, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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the discharge was clear. I checked for anything in her eye and there was nothing.

The vet is coming on the weekend anyways to vaccinate her (for EI). I will get him to check then. Just thought someone might have known.

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With eyes you are better off not waiting even a day or two because they can go from minor issues to serious and possibly even to the point of loosing sight in the eye depending on what is going on.

Eyes have poor blood supply, thus poor response to invading organisms and slow slow healing. Any damage to the cornea of the eye can become infected and often the initial damage is not visible without staining the eye to make abrasions or even small ulcers more apparent. And in short order these ulcerations and/or infections can cause the corea to thin to the point of rupture.

Call your vet and get him out asap rather than waiting for the weekend.

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post #5 of 10 Old 10-05-2007, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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With eyes you are better off not waiting even a day or two because they can go from minor issues to serious and possibly even to the point of loosing sight in the eye depending on what is going on.

Eyes have poor blood supply, thus poor response to invading organisms and slow slow healing. Any damage to the cornea of the eye can become infected and often the initial damage is not visible without staining the eye to make abrasions or even small ulcers more apparent. And in short order these ulcerations and/or infections can cause the cornea to thin to the point of rupture.

Call your vet and get him out asap rather than waiting for the weekend.
I understand your point but it is now only until the morning. Im afraid I couldnt afford a vet visit today and then tomorrow as well. The vet we use is ridiculously expensive. Tomorrows visit is costing us in excess of $600 and we couldnt afford the extra call out fee). Most weeks we can afford this but we have had 'one of those weeks'. And I don't need the 'if you can't afford it you shouldnt have them' lecture.

She has 12 hours to wait and unfortunately there is nothing I can do about it.

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Our boys have got 'runny eyes' at the moment. Has it been really windy up in Brisbane? I know it's been really windy down here in Canberra, and their eyes weep when it's windy. So I put on their fly-vales to try and keep the wind and dust out of their eyes when it's really windy and it seems to help.
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Sounds like it could be anything from an eye infection to a scratched cornea. Scratched cornea is my bet. I had a horse with this and had to wait a few days for the vet to make it out. She was fine by the way, no ill effects from having to wait. It seems you are doing the right thing keeping it clean and the fly mask is a good idea. You have to do what you have to do. I know vet bills are a killer.
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Our boys have got 'runny eyes' at the moment. Has it been really windy up in Brisbane? I know it's been really windy down here in Canberra, and their eyes weep when it's windy. So I put on their fly-vales to try and keep the wind and dust out of their eyes when it's really windy and it seems to help.
aaaaaaah! Yes it has been windy. Too windy some days to ride. Since the heat set in I have been keeping a fly veil on her anyway as the flies were we are are awful.

The vet was out this morning and he wasnt too fussed. He gave me some stuff to clean her eye with and some anti biotics to help her clear it up. He said she should be good in a week or so. He checked first that there was no damage he could see and thankfully there was none :)

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that's the kind of news we like to hear. So glad it was nothing major.The wind blows here too, enough to drive you crazy sometimes. Do they call them "skirt alert" days there too?


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Thats the kind of news we like to hear. So glad it was nothing major.The wind blows here too, enough to drive you crazy sometimes. Do they call them "skirt alert" days there too?
hehehehehehe no we don't! :) that's pretty funny

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