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  1. #1
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    Default Corneal Ulcers...when did you take out the lavage?

    My guy has had the sub-palpebral lavage system in for 2.5 weeks and the ulcer is healing well, but left a scar. Staining still shows some green on the scar, but vet says that scars sometimes take some stain. They are thinking about taking it out on Monday if it still looks good. So when did your SPL systems come out and has anyone removed one while there was still some stain uptake?

    Any stories good or bad are appreciated...this has been a tough and expensive ordeal. Good news is that it isn't in his field of vision, so vet doesn't anticipate any vision loss.



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    Anyone dealt with this?



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    Not a vet but I have owned a horse with chronic corneal ulcers and always, always treated the ulcer until no stain was evident - and for a few days after that.

    So, if I were in your shoes, I wouldn't allow the sub-palpebral lavage apparatus removed until the eye no longer stained. If your vet an ophthalmologist?



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    Eyes are nothing to guess about. I've gone through expensive hell with my guy. Finally got to an equine opthalmologist and got the lavage system which saved his eye and most of his vision.

    Because of that, my gut would agree with rcloisonne. You don't want to risk the infection flaring up again; my guy ended up with a corneal stromal abscess and those are terrifying.
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    You do the meds until there is no uptake, period. I don't know about scars and those still taking up dye but 2.5 weeks seems like a pretty quick turn-around on one of these.

    I would leave it in, too.
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    mmmmm not sure exactly but at least 6wks for our boy's severe bacterial and fungal infection.

    He has a scar, but the lavage stayed in until the Vet was SURE the infection was clear. Eyes are not something to "guess" about. Make sure your Vet is being conservative and aggressive in treatment.



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    We didn't take my mare's out until almost two months later. She had a melting cornea ulcer from hell and had to spend four days at the hospital w/ round-the-clock meds being administered. I treated her four times a day once I brought her home. My vet was out weekly to check on her and I also did follow-up visits w/ the eye specialist at the hospital. She has a pretty decent sized cloudy spot on her eye now and did lose some vision but thankfully my vets were able to save her eye. Corneal ulcers are hell to deal with - hope your guy is on the mend and heals much faster than my mare !!
    "When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered." CANTER New England



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    Thanks all! Luckily (knocking on wood) my guys ulcer was small enough that they weren't even going to put in the lavage, but he started being a little bit of a pain about the ointment in the eye, so I inquired about it and they did it more for convenience and knowing the meds would get IN the eye. So it sounds like his may not have been as bad as some of the above posters (thank goodness!).



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