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Foal or Newborn, Eyelid is Rolled In, Eyelashes Causing Irritation


A turned-in eyelid (entroption) is a fairly common problem in newborn foals. In this case, the eyelashes contact the eye surface, causing pain and irritation and resulting in watering, reddening and squinting.

Entropion is more common in foals that are dehydrated and sick but can be seen in healthy foals too. If not treated promptly, entropion can lead to permanent corneal scarring and can compromise future vision.

Eye problems in foals should be taken seriously because they can quickly damage the eye and make treatment much more difficult and prognosis worse. Eye problems in foals are often associated with other underlying disorders.

  • 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.
    • If the foal seems distressed or you think the eye is suffering damage.
  • Code Orange

    Call Your Vet at Their First Available Office Hours
    • If the signs are very mild and the eye appears normal otherwise.

your role


What To Do

Given the importance of your foal’s sight and the possibility of other problems, do not allow this condition to continue or worsen over time. Contact your vet immediately, because this problem usually can be treated easily.

What Not To Do

Do not assume that this condition will simply self-resolve on its own.

your vet's role

Your vet will quickly identify this condition and provide practical treatment options, while evaluating the overall health of the foal. If eyeballs themselves have been irritated or damaged by the entropion, your vet may advise you to perform additional eye treatments.
Questions Your Vet Might Ask:
  • How old is the foal?
  • Does your foal seem normal otherwise?
  • How is the foal's attitude and appetite?

Treatments Your Vet May Recommend

A way to resolve the condition or diagnosis. Resolving the underlying cause or treating the signs of disease (symptomatic treatment)

Very Common
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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP