The Top 7 Things to Know about Equine Recurrent Uveitis

Understanding equine recurrent uveitis (ERU, or moon blindness) can help owners spot eye issues early.
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Editor’s note: This article is part of TheHorse.com’s ongoing coverage of topics presented at the 2012 Western Veterinary Conference held in February.

When equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) develops, it often looks inconspicuous at best. Maybe your horse’s eye is a little watery, or he’s squinting in the bright sunlight. It’s nothing to worry about, right? Wrong. At a recent veterinary convention, one veterinarian discussed just how serious ERU is if left untreated.

During a presentation at the 2012 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb. 19-23 in Las Vegas, Nev., Jacquelin Boggs, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, discussed equine recurrent uveitis with a veterinary audience. Following are the top seven things horse owners should know about this potentially blinding disease:

1. Uveitis is the leading cause of blindness in horses. "While data on the incidence of uveitic horses is lacking, uveitis is the leading cause of blindness in horses worldwide," said Boggs, an equine technical services veterinarian for Pfizer Animal Health

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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