Recent News for Eye and Ear Problems

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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

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Beanie, A Public Servant

February 01, 2008

Ignore adversity. If it were possible for a horse to have a motivational motto, this might be Beanie's choice. Despite a life fraught with challenges, the mare has stood tall, both literally and figuratively, and many people have reaped the rewards... Read More

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Horse Recovering from New Glaucoma Procedure

December 13, 2007

VIDEO | A horse that underwent a rare endoscopic laser eye procedure is showing normal intraocular pressure (IOP), a key indication that the procedure has brought his... Read More

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Researchers Pinpoint Link Between Appaloosa Coloring and Night Blindness

November 21, 2007

Congenital stationary night blindness causes vision deficits in Appaloosas with certain coat patterns.... Read More

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Veterinary Ophthalmologists Using New Equipment to Correct Glaucoma

November 10, 2007

Next week, veterinary ophthalmologists at The New Jersey Equine Clinic in Clarksburg, N.J., will perform an endoscopic laser procedure on a horse with glaucoma--one of the first equine uses for a new piece of equipment in the ophthalmologists'... Read More

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New Web Site Focuses on Blindness in Appaloosas

September 24, 2007

A new website launched by the Montana-based Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary examines research on uveitis and blindness in Appaloosa horses.... Read More

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Corneal Infection Treatment

July 01, 2007

Silver sulfadiazine (a topical drug frequently used to treat burns) could be an effective treatment against common corneal fungal infections, according to researchers at Purdue University.

Fungal keratitis is a serious, painful corneal... Read More

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In Living Color

June 01, 2007

Has it been sorted out whether horses can see in color? ... Read More

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Derby Horse Storm in May Flying Half-Blind

May 04, 2007

Storm in May will be flying nearly blind in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Trainer Bill Kaplan paid $16,000 for the colt last April, getting the bargain basement deal because Storm in May is completely blind in his right eye.

"It doesn't... Read More

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Clogged Tear Duct

April 01, 2007

What treatments are available for a clogged tear duct in my horse's eye?... Read More

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Moon Blindness

February 01, 2007

"Moon blindness" is a chronic, painful eye disease, and it's the most common cause of blindness in horses. It was so named during the 1600s because people thought recurring attacks were related to phases of the moon. This eye disease might be one o... Read More