Countryside Equine Vet, Dr. Zoe Lattimer performing an eye exam.
Opthamology

Equine Eye Care

Horses' eyes are incredibly 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 along with 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) 788-7387.

What are common

Equine Eye Problems?

1
Corneal Ulcers, are sores that develop on the cornea. They are the most common eye disturbance in horses.
2
Cataracts are a condition in which the lens becomes cloudy, which then affects sight and eventually causes blindness.
3
Glaucoma is a rare, yet severe eye problem where pressure within the eye increases due to poor fluid drainage.  It occurs most frequently in older horses and Appaloosas.
4
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of cancer in horses. It can affect the eyelids, the whites of the eye, or the cornea. Luckily, it does’t metastasize very often, but it can be destructive.
5
Equine Recurrent Uveitis, also known as Moon Blindness, is a leading cause of blindness in horses.
6
Blindness can affect one or both eyes and occurs in about 1 - 2% of horses.
Signs 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.

Administering Treatment

Eye Trauma

Administering treatment for eye trauma can be challenging and painful. Management of serious eye problems often requires multiple treatments per day and may extend for several weeks.

Equine Eye Trauma Recovery
SPL (subpalpebral lavage) system
used to deliver medications directly
into the eye area.
Equine Eye Trauma Recovery
A "bubble mask" is also
used to protect the
eye further.
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