Ophthalmology

Close up image of horse's eye

Equine Eye Care

Horses eyes are extremely delicate and this, combined with the horse's dependence on the sense of sight, means that any sign of a potential eye problem should be treated immediately.

The eyes are critical to the health, performance and well-being of your horse. Eye injuries can be devastating to a horse if they're not treated appropriately and with urgency.

Here at Countryside, we offer medical and surgical treatment options, as well as the latest drug therapies. Any damage to the horse's eye is considered an emergency. If your horse is experiencing any eye or vision problems, call us immediately at (770) 233-7951.

What are common equine eye problems?

What are signs that your horse may have an injured eye?

  • Redness
  • Excessive tearing
  • Heavy discharge from the eye
  • Squinting
  • Swelling around the eye
  • Cloudiness of the eye

If your horse is excessively rubbing their eye against objects, they may be trying to relieve pain or irritation. This rubbing can easily increase trauma to your horse's eye and quickly create a serious problem.

  • Close up image of horse's eye
  • Close up image of horse's eye
  • Close up image of horse's eye
  • Close up image of horse's eye
  • Close up image of horse's eye
  • Close up image of horse's eye
  • Close up image of horse's eye
  • Close up image of horse's eye
Image of Vet with Horse
Image of Horse with Eye Shield

Administering treatment for eye trauma can be challenging and painful. Pictured is an SPL (subpalpebral lavage) system which is used to deliver medications directly into the eye area. A "bubble mask" is also used to further protect the eye.

Management of serious eye problems often require multiple treatments per day and may extend for several weeks.