Recent News for Eye and Ear Problems

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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

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Leptospira Not an Important Factor in Recurrent Uveitis, Researchers Say

November 01, 2008

As a result of aggressive research efforts, the underlying causes and factors contributing to recurrent uveitis--a painful and debilitating condition that is the leading cause of blindness in horses--are becoming known.

"Recurrent... Read More

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Prosthetic Eye Gives Horse a Shot at Show Career

October 14, 2008

A miniature horse has been given a second chance for a career as a show horse--thanks to a prosthetic eye. The 65-pound horse, named KBuck, was born June 1 at Lil Chums Miniature Horse Farm in Lawton, Okla., and lost its eye a few days afte... Read More

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Treating Seasonal Headshaking with Eye Drops

October 07, 2008

Horses that shake their heads in an unexpected, intermittent, potentially violent, and apparently involuntary way are not only frustrating, but widely deemed unsafe for the rider or handler.

Horses suffering from seasonal headshaking can... Read More

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Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center Highlights Specialized Eye Care Availability

October 04, 2008

It's been just a few months since board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist Gwendolyn Lynch, DVM, Dipl. ACVO, became affiliated with Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center. But in this short time, Lynch has provided many... Read More

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Shedding Light on Night Blindness in Appaloosas

August 31, 2008

Congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) in Appaloosas has been linked to the leopard complex spotting in these horses. But how are these two apparently independent genetic... Read More

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Suspended Jockey Responds to Whipping Incident

June 26, 2008

Jockey Jeremy Rose was suspended for six months following a stewards' hearing the morning of June 24 for whipping his mount Appeal to the City in the face during the third race at Delaware Park June 23. (For more on this see "Read More

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Equine Corneal Ulcers Discussed In-Depth at AAEP Convention

May 14, 2008

At the 2007 AAEP convention's In-Depth Ophthalmology session, Caryn Plummer, DVM, Dipl. ACVO, assistant professor at of the University of Florida veterinary school, described the outer corneal layer (epithelium) as the windshield of the eye, and... Read More

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Merits of Standing Eye Enucleation Revealed

May 13, 2008

In the first multi-institutional study of its kind, researchers recently reported that eye enucleation (surgical removal of the eye and associated structures) with the horse standing and sedated is safer and more economical than the traditional... Read More

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Cataracts in Horses

May 06, 2008

Cataracts have been found to be heritable in Belgians, Morgans, Thoroughbreds, Rocky Mountain Horses, and Quarter Horses. In other instances, cataracts can develop secondary to trauma or due to chronic inflammation from uveitis (moon blindness).... Read More

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Earplugs for Equines: Can You Hear Me Now?

May 04, 2008

"If you are going to submit your horse to repetitive loud noises, earplugs are a good idea," said Lucy Hirsch, DVM, of Jackson Animal Clinic, in Platte City, Mo. The bonus? Not only can they protect the horse's ears, they can help the horse perform m... Read More

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Equine Color Vision Research: Seeing Things Differently

April 30, 2008

If you have a horse of a different color, chances are your horse knows it--although he might not be able to say if he's red or green.

New physiological and behavioral research by various teams across the globe has added weight to the... Read More

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Virginia Tech Offers New Equine Ophthalmology Service

April 24, 2008

Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center has added an ophthalmology service through an alliance with Scottsdale, Ariz., based Eye Care for Animals. The new offering, which became available on March 4, is provided by Gwendolyn Lynch... Read More

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Uveitis: Medical and Surgical Treatment

April 19, 2008

Equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) is like an autoimmune response, tending to be a dynamic process with shifts in immune reactivity that cause a waxing and waning of uveitis episodes.... Read More

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How to Block the Ear

April 06, 2008

A few horses out there like to have their ears rubbed, but many are tolerant of ear handling at best, and violently ear shy at worst. When these horses need to have veterinary work done around their ears, such as biopsies or stitching of... Read More

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Training a One-Eyed Horse

April 01, 2008

Working with visually impaired horses has been mostly with those that lost vision as an adult, after they had been trained. And, in general, the horses I have worked with directly have impressed me with how adaptable they have been with losing vision... Read More

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Examining the Equine Eye

March 24, 2008

The best equine test for vision is the "dazzle reflex," a sensitive test for retinal function. An observer watches to see if the horse squints in response to shining a bright light into the injured eye.... Read More

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Study: Corneal Transplants Safe and Effective in Horses

March 09, 2008

According to a retrospective study involving 206 horses, corneal transplants can successfully restore vision in horses with a variety of eye problems including melting ulcers, iris prolapsed, stromal abscesses, and in horses that were not... Read More

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Leptospirosis: What Is It?

March 01, 2008


Don’t overlook this "bug" that can cause abortion and uveitis (moon blindness).

Many horse people don't know that much about leptospirosis. If you have heard of it, it is probably in... Read More