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Eye Appears Wounded or Cut

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

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

    Injuries to the eye or eyeball (globe) itself are rare but do occur and are sight-threatening veterinary emergencies. If you suspect traumatic damage to your horse’s eye, call your vet immediately.

    Many of these wounds can be repaired but only if they are managed soon after injury occurs. Some injuries will result in permanent blindness, but the best chance for your horse’s vision depends on your quick and decisive actions and those of your vet.

    WHAT TO DO

    Given the importance of your horse’s sight, contact your vet immediately. Take a photo of the injury and share it with your vet. Do not attempt to treat the eye yourself.

    WHAT YOUR VET DOES

    Your vet uses sedation and nerve blocks to assess the eye carefully and to determine the nature of the injury. Fluorescein dye is helpful to determine the extent of injury to the clear surface of the eye (cornea). Quick decisions may need to be made in order to save the eye.

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    Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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