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Eyelid is Rolled Outward, Exposing Pink Tissue

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

Code Orange - Call Your Vet at Their First Available Office Hours

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

  • If you notice other problems with the eye or the eye seems inflamed and painful.
  • Most eye problems are considered veterinary emergencies.

Code Orange - Call Your Vet at Their First Available Office Hours

  • If the eye appears otherwise normal.
  • The eye does not seem painful and the horse does not seem distressed.

This is a rare finding and usually results from swelling of the tissues lining the eye, the conjunctiva. This swelling can be severe enough that it rolls the eyelid outward, and exposes a rim of pink moist tissue around the eye. This is conjunctivitis, and it can be caused by trauma, foreign body, infection, tumor and many other causes. The key is identifying and treating the underlying cause.

WHAT TO DO

Given the importance of the eyelid in protecting the eye, do not allow this condition to continue or worsen over time. Look for other signs of eye injury, especially to the cornea (clear front surface). Share your findings and concerns with your vet.

WHAT YOUR VET DOES

Your vet will determine the nature of this condition and look for any underlying causes. Treatment will likely be aimed at the underlying causes.

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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