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Eye, Bleeding from Eye

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

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

  • If you notice any change in appearance of the eye itself.
  • Most eye problems are considered veterinary emergencies.

Bleeding from the eye is a rare problem in horses. It is usually associated with trauma to the eyelids or surrounding tissues. An eyelid laceration either penetrating the lid or inside the lid can appear as blood dripping from the eye. The presence of a foreign body or tumor near the eye or under the eyelid are other possible causes.

Eye injuries are always potentially serious.


Assess your horse’s eyes as carefully as you can and try to determine whether the eyeball itself appears injured. Injuries to the eye can be sight-threatening. The best course of action is immediate veterinary attention.


Your vet uses ophthalmoscopic examination, and careful evaluation of the eyelids. To allow complete examination, they may use special eyelid nerve blocks and sedation.

While you wait for your vet to arrive, keep your horse in a quiet stall. If flies are bothering the eye, consider the use of a fly mask.

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP


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