Recent News for Eye and Ear Problems

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Deafness in American Paint Horses Examined

December 03, 2009

Paint Horses with certain coat patterns and blue eyes are more at risk for deafness than others.... Read More

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Management of Blind Horses Discussed at Equine Ophthalmology Meeting

November 29, 2009

Blind horses can usually get by with a little help from a friend; or, in this case, a trustworthy companion horse, said Ann Dwyer, DVM, a private practitioner with a strong interest in equine ophthalmology and co-owner of Genesee Valley Equin... Read More

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Equine Recurrent Uveitis Discussed at Vet Ophthalmology Meeting

November 19, 2009

Equine recurrent uveitis, also called moon blindness, is the leading cause of vision loss in horses. Brian Gilger, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVO, chief of the Ophthalmology service at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine... Read More

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Glaucoma Discussed at Equine Ophthalmology Meeting

November 13, 2009

Glaucoma, a group of diseases resulting from alterations in the formation and drainage of aqueous humor (clear eye fluid), which causes an increase in intraocular pressure above what's compatible with normal function of the retina and... Read More

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Guttural Pouch Anatomy, Problems Reviewed for World Equine Vets

November 08, 2009

Guttural pouches are more than just ill-defined air-filled vats located somewhere in the horse's head, said Julie Fjeldborg, DVM, PhD, an associate professor in the department of large animal sciences at the University of Copenhagen,... Read More

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Corneal Ulcers: Prompt Treatment Key to Success

November 01, 2009

Advancements in the diagnosis of corneal ulcers, as well their medical and surgical treatment, were among the topics covered by Dennis Brooks, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVO, Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Florida College of Veterinary... Read More

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Third Eyelid Tumors Require Prompt Vet Attention

October 29, 2009

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is one of the most common cancers in horses. Commonly appearing as small, wartlike bumps on the eyelid or surface of the eye, they require early treatment. While a conscientious owner might quickly notice a new... Read More

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Eyelid Issues Discussed at Equine Ophthalmology Meeting

October 27, 2009

From lacerations to cancer, issues commonly affecting the equine eyelid were among the topics tackled by Brian Gilger, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVO, chief of the Ophthalmology Service at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine,... Read More

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Equine Recurrent Uveitis Biomarker Research a Real Eye Opener

October 15, 2009

Equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) is the most common cause of blindness in horses and is believed to affect approximately 10% of the equine population. The exact cause of ERU remains unclear, although researchers have shown that recurrent bout... Read More

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Shedding Light on Equine Night Vision

October 12, 2009

Horses have the physical equipment for scotopic (night) vision. ... Read More

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Study: Horse Whinnies Packed with Information

October 05, 2009

Through their whinnies, horses convey specific information about their identities, including sex, height, and weight, according to French researchers. Acoustic analyses of whinnies and the reactions of horses to various recorded whinnies also... Read More

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Coat Color Studies Aid Health Research, Breeding Choices

September 21, 2009

Certain horse coat colors or patterns are associated with health or medical problems.... Read More

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Equine Visual Laterality Reinforces Horse Handling Traditions

August 02, 2009

The convention of leading and mounting the horse from the left might be more than just tradition, according to a new study from St. Andrews University. The study, led by Kate Farmer, MA, at the Harmony Center in Austria, shows that horses... Read More

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Horse Eye Problems to be Focus of AAEP Fall Meeting

July 14, 2009

The treatment and diagnosis of conditions affecting the equine eye will be the topic of the AAEP's debut fall meeting, Focus on Ophthalmology, Oct. 1-3 in Raleigh, N.C.

Ocular trauma, infection, and disease can lead to some of the most... Read More

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Equine Recurrent Uveitis: Watery Eyes Can Indicate a Serious Problem

July 06, 2009

While there are many reasons for a horse to have excessive tear production, it's a classic sign of equine recurrent uveitis, also known as moon blindness.... Read More

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Cataracts in Foals

May 23, 2009

Horses can be born with cataracts due to developmental or heritable causes--known as congenital cataracts. Foals with cataracts often present very early in life, usually at 1 to 2 months of age. Typically, the owners will notice the whiteness in... Read More

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Preventing and Handling Eye Injuries

May 16, 2009

Eye injuries and infections are not uncommon in horses, but minor problems left untreated can quickly become serious and result in blindness if unattended. Here are some recommendations for preventing problems and some guidelines to follow if... Read More

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Tips on Examining the Equine Eye

April 20, 2009

In general, overt pathology is easy to identify because of the ease by which the equine eye can be examined. The largest challenge for general practitioners is determining the significance of subtle variations in normal eyes and recognizing the mild... Read More

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Corneal Ulcer Correction and Improving Visual Outcomes: Scar Wars

April 07, 2009

Brooks reviewed a variety of treatment and management strategies for corneal ulcers, with a focus on not only resolving the ulcer in each case, but maintaining the horse's vision.... Read More

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"Sticky" Third Eyelid

April 01, 2009

Q: Twice, my 12-year-old Paint gelding has gotten his third eyelid "stuck" over the top of his eyeball for 10 or 20 seconds. The first time was when water splashed in his eye during a bath. He tossed his head, rolled his eye upward... Read More

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FAEP 2008 Symposium

April 01, 2009

Laminitis, corneal ulcers, and R. equi were among the topics veterinarians and researchers discussed at a conference in the Caribbean.

Thirteen presenters took to the podium, covering lameness, reproduction, and medicine... Read More

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New Surgery for Deep Corneal Abscesses

December 27, 2008

A new surgical technique for managing deep corneal abscesses in horses is effective and cosmetically pleasing.... Read More

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Diode Laser Treatment for Headshaking a Burning Success

December 08, 2008

California researchers aren't shy when it comes to managing headshaking in horses. According to a case report published in the Nov. 15 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Jeannine Berger, DVM, Dipl.... Read More

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Kentucky Colt with Type-1 Diabetes Might Be First

December 03, 2008

A colt born with type-1 diabetes might be the first documented equine case of the illness, according to his veterinarian, Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky.

The Kentucky Mountain Saddle... Read More

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Silver Dapple Color and Eye Abnormalities Connection Found

November 13, 2008

For many years, veterinarians and horse owners have described the collection of eye anomalies associated with silver dapple color as anterior segment dysgenesis (ASD), because of the apparent similarities to anterior segment lesions ... Read More