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Eye has Wound on Clear Surface (Cornea)

Code Red - Call Your Vet Immediately, Even Outside Business Hours

Code Red - Call Your Vet Immediately, Even Outside Business Hours

    Injuries to the cornea (the clear front surface of the eye) are fairly common in horses. They are important to recognize early because if not properly treated they can worsen rapidly, leading to permanent eye damage and potential blindness.

    Wounds to the cornea generally result from direct trauma. They can also result from a perforated corneal ulcer. A corneal ulcer is a shallow, wide corneal wound. A dark body projecting from the corneal surface can be a prolapsed iris, a sign that a full thickness wound has occurred.


    Do not delay, contact your vet. While you wait, keep the horse calm and apply a fly mask, if needed. Talk to your vet about whether or not to give pain medication if it is available.


    Any significant injury to the cornea must be addressed promptly and appropriately by your vet if your horse’s sight is to be preserved.

    Your vet may use sedation and regional anesthesia to carefully evaluate the eye and the severity of the injury. Once the exam is complete, treatment and prognosis can be discussed.

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    Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP


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