Eye Trauma in Horses

Eye injuries are fairly common in horses and can be serious, especially if neglected. They run the gamut from corneal injuries (e.g., superficial scratches, punctures, or a foreign body caught under an eyelid) to full-thickness eyelid lacerations to blunt trauma. Have a veterinarian examine a horse with an eye injury as soon as possible to diagnose the problem, check for corneal ulcers, and
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Eye injuries in horses are common, yet serious: Don't take them lightly.

Your horse greets you one morning with one eye held shut and tears running down the side of his face. He resists your attempts to get a closer look at the eye, so you can't tell if there's something embedded in it.

Eye injuries are fairly common in horses and can be serious, especially if neglected. They run the gamut from corneal injuries (e.g., superficial scratches, punctures, or a foreign body caught under an eyelid) to full-thickness eyelid lacerations to blunt trauma.

Have a veterinarian examine a horse with an eye injury as soon as possible to diagnose the problem, check for corneal ulcers, and determine the best course of treatment

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Heather Smith Thomas ranches with her husband near Salmon, Idaho, raising cattle and a few horses. She has a B.A. in English and history from University of Puget Sound (1966). She has raised and trained horses for 50 years, and has been writing freelance articles and books nearly that long, publishing 20 books and more than 9,000 articles for horse and livestock publications. Some of her books include Understanding Equine Hoof Care, The Horse Conformation Handbook, Care and Management of Horses, Storey’s Guide to Raising Horses and Storey’s Guide to Training Horses. Besides having her own blog, www.heathersmiththomas.blogspot.com, she writes a biweekly blog at https://insidestorey.blogspot.com that comes out on Tuesdays.

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