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Eyelid is Wounded or Cut

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

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

    Wounds to the eyelid are particularly serious because any disruption to the normal anatomy can result in poor eyelid alignment and function. A misaligned lid can cause chronic irritation and damage to the eye.

    For this reason, you should contact your vet immediately to discuss all but the most minor eyelid wounds.

    WHAT TO DO

    In the meantime, place your horse in a stall and keep them calm. Protect the eyes and eyelid. Consider applying a fly mask. Do not disturb the flap of skin. If it is still attached and the wound is fresh, your vet will determine whether it can be salvaged.

    WHAT YOUR VET DOES

    Careful surgical repair, paying particular attention to getting near perfect alignment of the lid margins if possible usually yields good cosmetic and functional results. In some cases, vets wait for swelling to subside before attempting repair.

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    Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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