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  • Cloudy spot on eye

    My 11 y/o TB gelding developed a cloudy spot on his eye. Vet was called out and after the examination it was determined that there was no scratch or ulcer. Just some edema on the cornea. Not sure what from. Treated with banamine once a day for 3 days and an ointment containing a steriod 2-3 times a day for 3 days or until the spot is gone. The spot was gone after 4 days so I treated him for another day just to be sure. A day or two later I noticed the spot was back. The vet said if it doesn't go away then they would have to refer me to an opthamologist and the closest one is at Ohio State. She said she doesn't feel it's anything really serious because everything else is normal. I'm afraid to keep treating him with the ointment containing the steriod...can you use it too much??

    Just looking for other experiences and what worked and what didn't, I guess to make me feel better. Thanks!!
    Boyle Heights Kid 1998 16.1h OTTB Dark Bay Gelding
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    "Once you go off track, you never go back!"

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    Although rare, my horse developed an abcess in his eye that has left a cloud in his eye. He seems to see fine, but it was touch and go for awhile waiting to see if he would loose the eye. Fortunately, he didn't and after a trip to New Bolten it cleared up fairly quickly.
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    • #3
      Cataracts? That's my guess.
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      • #4
        Did your vet check the intraocular pressure in that eye? Not all vets have a tonometer. Corneal edema can be caused by uveitis (characterized by low IOP). Uveitis can lead to glaucoma and blindness. If it is even a possibility I'd have that eye checked out right away! Go to an ophthamologist if your vet isn't comfortable treating eyes.

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          #5
          She checked the internal structure of the eye and said everything looked normal. I was worried when I found it because his dam developed glaucoma when she was older. What is a tonometer?? She looked in his eye with what looked like a magnifying glass with a light on it that she could make larger or smaller. I'm off to see what a tonometer is...

          mta: okay...now I know what a tonometer is and no...she didn't check the eye with that. I'm going to give her a call.
          Boyle Heights Kid 1998 16.1h OTTB Dark Bay Gelding
          Tinner's Way x Sculpture by Hail to Reason
          "Once you go off track, you never go back!"

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          • #6
            get the second opinion of the ophtomologist

            fungal infections of the cornea can be a secondary problem after an infection. They are hard to treat and can be quite chronic. Presenting sign is often just as you discribe

            you might also wish to look into a good turn out hood that has eye cups / scrims/ that shield the eye for strong sunlight.

            Please seek an expert opinion, not random guesses from the interwebz. Eyes issues should be a class 1 priority for the vet.
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              #7
              Was at the vet's today...since the banamine and ointment seemed to work last time, then we are going to be more aggressive with banamine twice a day for 3 days and the ointment 3 times a day for 3 days or until it's gone. If this doesn't do the trick then it's off to New Bolton or Ohio State.
              Boyle Heights Kid 1998 16.1h OTTB Dark Bay Gelding
              Tinner's Way x Sculpture by Hail to Reason
              "Once you go off track, you never go back!"

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              • #8
                GET A SECOND OPINION. I had this happen and vet locally was not comfy treating it. Opthamologist at Michigan State was just awesome and it did clear up with different Rx's to be put in the eyes (in this case a change from one antibiotic to a different one and DISCONTINUATION of the steroid ointment)

                Eyes are NOT anything to trifle with. I wouldn't go a second round on something that didn't work a first time, esp. if a fungal/ keratitis type of condition is possible, as the horse can lose sight literally within 24 hours, never to regain it (and possibly lose the eye orb, as well).

                Also, note that the specialist took my horse off the steroids right away .... they are generally something to only be used with caution and oversight (no pun intended ) ....

                Good luck and let us know what your SPECIALIST says!

                Magnum
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                • #9
                  GO to an Ophthalmologist. They have and know the latest technology regarding eye problems that a regular Vet may not have or know.

                  Eye problems are nothing to fool around with and can go downhill VERY quickly without the proper treatment.

                  My Vet found a problem with my POA's right eye during spring shots and immediately referred me to Tuft's University. (Cataract and Uveitis)

                  And yes, using a Steroid after the initial dose is used is not a good thing.

                  If your horse should develop the slightest scratch on his eye that you may not even notice, using the Steroid drops can let in a nasty nasty fungal infection. According to a Specialist I also had out, he said a fungal infection in the eye is extremely hard to treat.
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                    Originally posted by magnum View Post
                    GET A SECOND OPINION. I had this happen and vet locally was not comfy treating it. Opthamologist at Michigan State was just awesome and it did clear up with different Rx's to be put in the eyes (in this case a change from one antibiotic to a different one and DISCONTINUATION of the steroid ointment)

                    Eyes are NOT anything to trifle with. I wouldn't go a second round on something that didn't work a first time, esp. if a fungal/ keratitis type of condition is possible, as the horse can lose sight literally within 24 hours, never to regain it (and possibly lose the eye orb, as well).

                    Also, note that the specialist took my horse off the steroids right away .... they are generally something to only be used with caution and oversight (no pun intended ) ....

                    Good luck and let us know what your SPECIALIST says!

                    Magnum
                    Second the above......steriods can cause worse problems in many instances.....get to an eye specialist ASAP....>Eye can go real sour real fast.....

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                    • #11
                      I triple ditto going to an Opthamologist to have your horse evaluated. Their expertise is worth the time and money towards keeping your horse 100% visual.

                      Good luck.

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                        Good news everyone...he will be going to Morven Park to be evaluated by the Opthamologist there. I will keep you guys updated. Thanks for all the suggestions and support!
                        Boyle Heights Kid 1998 16.1h OTTB Dark Bay Gelding
                        Tinner's Way x Sculpture by Hail to Reason
                        "Once you go off track, you never go back!"

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