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Eyelid is Drooping or Eye is Closed

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

Code Yellow - Contact Your Vet at Your Convenience for an Appointment

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

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

Code Yellow - Contact Your Vet at Your Convenience for an Appointment

  • If the eye appears otherwise normal.

Horses with a variety of irritating or painful eye conditions appear have a droopy lid or a partially closed eye. This observation overlaps with squinting and with swelling of the lids. However, a truly drooping lid can also be directly caused by neurologic dysfunction of the nerve that controls the eyelid.

WHAT TO DO

Assess your horse’s general health using the Whole Horse Exam (WHE), paying particular attention to their attitude. Look carefully at the eyelid and eye, noting any other observations. Compare the appearance of the affected eye to the unaffected eye. Compare the pupil size of one eye versus the other. Look for sagging of the muzzle or lips on that side. Share your findings and concerns with your vet.

WHAT YOUR VET DOES

Your vet will rule out common eye conditions that could be leading to this observation. If these are ruled out, they may look for other signs that would suggest a neurologic deficit.

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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