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When I went out to feed the horses a few days ago, I noticed my older geldings eye was swollen shut and there was secretion creating a running path down his cheek from his eye. This worried me because he has an eye problem in his other eye, where it's cloudy. I treat it with cream my vet gave me, but it doesn't clear it up entirely, just a little to improve his vision in that eye. The eye that was recently swollen shut, however, causes a problem because now he is almost completely blind until this problem clears up.

Today I put a blanket on him because it's really cold out, and put a hot compress on the running eye. If it doesn't clear up by tomorrow morning I'm gonna call the vet. Any ideas for what caused this or what I can do to heal it? It could have been caused from me riding him for an hour in cold weather the day before it occured, but i doubt it because it wasn't that cold.

Any help is appreciated. If need be, I can post pictures tomorrow afternoon
 

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Use tea! Regular tea has stuff in it that's going to help they eye a lot. To reduce swelling - use cold tea.
It is a good idea to get the vet out in case there is something lodged in there, but it is likely that he just bumped it.

Good luck!
 

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Any time there are eye issues I get the vet out ASAP. Just not worth messing with. I've only had one some-what serious one, but it turned out to be an eye ulcer that needed drops & gel that I had to put in it a couple times a day.
 

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Eye issues are nothing to be messed with. They're pretty much the one thing you really shouldn't wait and see on, ever. Because pressures in the eye must be maintained within tight limits, any time there is an infection or inflammation, it is very important to remedy the situation asap. Please call the vet if the eye isn't markedly improved by morning. Often, holding an eye shut and excessive tearing indicate pain as well. You don't want your guy to suffer.
 

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I hope its nothing serious. We had a horse cut his cornea on a tree limb from scratching his head on it in the pasture!! Ugh disaster prone animals. Keep us updated on what the vet says.
 

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I'll keep u guys posted.... The vets closed now except for emergencies so I'll try again tomorrow. My moms friend lives a few minutes away and has horses....she said to buy an eye flush? My moms going to TSC to pick one up and I told her to ask them about the cold tea thing while she's there. Her friend also said that if the area around the eye is hot, it's an infection so I'll check that out tonight. Wish me luck! I hope this isn't anything serious.
 

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This is an emergency if your horse can't see well out of his other eye.
 

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kevin is right, it absolutely is an emergency since he is blind (or mostly so) in the other eye. All eye injuries are emergencies, even for humans. I scratched my cornea once, just a tiny little scratch. Within 24 hours the swelling and pressure was so great, the ophthamologist said I nearly lost vision completely.

When the clinic I work at gets calls about eyes, even if it doesn't sound serious and even if it is the middle of the night, we go out and check it.
 

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The vet never called me back. I bought a flush and cream for him, and just in a day it's doing so much better from it! I still want the vet to come and check on it, but they haven't called me back from yesterday. I've only ever had one other problem with them in 20 years, so maybe they didn't get the call for some reason....I don't know. The eye is completely open now, and there's no new seapage coming out of it.
 

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Since I have a boarding facility and have had issues with eyes and know that if there is a problem it needs emergency attention... I keep dye strips so I can test for ulcers and I have the ointments on hand if necessary. If you have trouble getting a hold of your vet these are probably things you should have on hand and have your vet show you how to use the dye strips and what to look for.
 

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It amazes me that this op ignores this post but goes on like nothing happened and is posting on other threads while her horse suffers. I can only imagine the pain this horse is in.:cry: So Sad. It had even crossed my mind to offer to pay for the vet but I didn't want to ambarrass her when it came to me that they possibly couldn't afford the vet.
 

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Churumbeque maybe the OP is ignoring this post because she doesn't need to hear your criticism. Animal cruelty indeed. A little harsh maybe? Back off.

The OP did buy first aid products and after a day there is marked improvement. Rather than assume she is not spending enough time calling a vet, I see that she is spending time looking after her horse and will continue to do so.

Personally, if this was my thread, I would not be replying either. It is for this reason that I rarely, very rarely ever ask for input about a physical problem with my horses here. I currently have something I would like some other views on but I haven't posted because I don't need to hear the same old routine: call the vet, call the trimmer, you're abusing your horse, if you can't afford it you shouldn't own a horse, blah, blah, blah

Starlinestables gave some great input and advice for going forward.

I hope all continues to be well with the OP's horse.
 

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I'm not ignoring this thread, I'm not posting because I don't have anything to say. Sorry about that. However, his eye is almost completely better--when I was using the flush on Friday, a very small piece of hay came out. I think that was what was bothering it. His eye is definitely recovering. Thanks for your input....and please refrain from the animal cruelty crap. It doesn't help help his eye. Thanks
 

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Churumbeque maybe the OP is ignoring this post because she doesn't need to hear your criticism. Animal cruelty indeed. A little harsh maybe? Back off.

The OP did buy first aid products and after a day there is marked improvement. Rather than assume she is not spending enough time calling a vet, I see that she is spending time looking after her horse and will continue to do so.

Personally, if this was my thread, I would not be replying either. It is for this reason that I rarely, very rarely ever ask for input about a physical problem with my horses here. I currently have something I would like some other views on but I haven't posted because I don't need to hear the same old routine: call the vet, call the trimmer, you're abusing your horse, if you can't afford it you shouldn't own a horse, blah, blah, blah

Starlinestables gave some great input and advice for going forward.

I hope all continues to be well with the OP's horse.
My concern is the care of the horse and to be treated by a professional. I don't think I am harsh just trying to get to the point and feel passionate about animals that are hurt. Eye injuries are serious and hard to know what is wrong with out a proper exam.
If you are afraid to post because you don't like what you hear maybe you need to take a different view point and look at what you are doing or not doing.
 
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