Recent News for Eye and Ear Problems

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The Eyes Have It at NC State

November 11, 2006

One problem guaranteed to make horse owners cringe is an equine eye problem. But whether your horse has a corneal ulcer, eye injury from a bucket handle, tumor, or what have you, the veterinary ophthalmology department at North Carolina State... Read More

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Uveitis and a Detached Retina: Surgery to Save Horse's Vision

October 21, 2006

The horse, Lexius (Lexi), a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, had an infection in the vitreous that caused chronic inflammation and uveitis in both eyes. The most likely cause of the infection is the bacteria leptospirosis.... Read More

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Corticosteroids: Short- and Long-Term Effects

October 01, 2006

Of the medications available in the arsenal of anti-inflammatory therapies, there is one type that has caused ... Read More

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Head Position Affects Intraocular Pressure

September 26, 2006

Intraocular (inside the eye) pressure readings are used in the diagnosis of equine glaucoma. However, researchers with the University of Pennsylvania have found that the position of the horse's head can impact the pressure reading, which could... Read More

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Leptospirosis Starting to Get More Attention

September 14, 2006

Recurrent painful inflammation and pathologic changes in the eyes of horses with equine recurrent uveitis (ERU, also known as moon blindness) could be caused by the persistence of invasive bacteria called Leptospira in affected horses' eyes... Read More

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Meet the Specialist: Veterinary Ophthalmologist

September 04, 2006

Although you've probably never seen a horse or dog wearing glasses, animals do have their own ophthalmologists. Not to be confused with optometrists, who test and fit people for glasses and contacts, ophthalmologists are doctors with medical or... Read More

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Torn Eyelid Injury

July 01, 2006

The bottom line is any injury that tears skin or causes painful swelling around the eye should receive immediate veterinary attention. I would have advised a visit on the day of this injury.... Read More

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The Gift of Sight

April 11, 2006

The lessons I learned from this experience are that if an eye infection does not resolve--or look much improved--in a week, then seek an ophthalmologist or at least ask your veterinarian to take samples of the infected area for further study.... Read More

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Understanding Congenital Stationary Night Blindness

March 27, 2006

Canadian researchers are investigating the cause of a condition found primarily in Appaloosas that prevents them from seeing in the dark. Congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) is a hereditary, non-progressive condition for which there is... Read More

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Sun Protection: Does Your Horse Need Sunglasses?

March 01, 2006

While sunglasses and sun screen might be the obvious solutions for fair-skinned humans, they're impractical for horses. Protection from sun glare, however, is as important for horses as it is for humans, because horses with little or no pigment in th... Read More

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The Equine Eye: Ocular Emergencies (Book Excerpt)

March 01, 2006

Well before an ocular emergency occurs, you should familiarize yourself with the easily visible outer structures of a horse's eye. Observe the eye with the aid of a penlight or other light source. Evidence of pain is a clear symptom of most ocular... Read More

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Damaged Ear Repaired

November 01, 2005

A horse's ear is designed distinguishing fine sounds at the same time protecting the sensitive inner structures and communicating with herdmates. The ear of an 18-month-old Belgian Warmblood filly was injured, which resulted in the ear... Read More

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Corneal Dystrophy

September 01, 2005

I own a 12-year-old foundation-bred Appaloosa gelding. Five years ago he was diagnosed with corneal dystrophy, which seems to be extremely stable (it hasn't flared up in more than four years). The surface of the cornea has a slightly rough... Read More

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Blind: Dealing with the Dark

June 01, 2005

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding the care of blind horses, the most common being that a sightless horse cannot enjoy a quality life. While not all horses adjust to blindness as well as Houdini, those with a calm temperament... Read More

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Ophthalmology for Ambulatory Practitioners

May 01, 2005

"I have a special interest in eyes, but they're only about 5% of my work," began Ann Dwyer, DVM, of Genesee Valley Equine Clinic in Scottsville, N.Y., at the Western Veterinary Conference Feb. 20-24 in Las Vegas, Nev. "Some problems will always... Read More

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Ocular Emergencies

March 16, 2005

Observe the eye with the aid of a penlight or other light source. Evidence of pain is a clear symptom of most ocular diseases. However, sometimes it is not the first sign, so paying some attention to the eye and becoming familiar with what looks norm... Read More

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Ophthalmology for Equine Road Warriors

March 11, 2005

Owners calling about horses with painful eyes or eye trauma should be told to have a dark examination area available, and to have four bales of shavings or hay ready to use as a head rest for standing surgery/diagnostics.... Read More

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Leptospiral Uveitis Helps Vaccine Research

March 09, 2005

Ashutosh Verma, BVSc, MVSc, graduate research assistant in the laboratory of John Timoney, BSc, MVB, MRCVS, MS, PhD, DSc, Keeneland Association Chair in Equine Science, at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington,... Read More

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BEVA Shares Education

February 01, 2005

The United Kingdom is famous for its rich history and deeply rooted traditions, but that doesn't mean its veterinarians are bound to ancient methods of equine medicine. Quite the contrary, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) hosts... Read More

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Contact Lenses for Horses

December 01, 2004

While they aren't used to improve vision in horses, soft contact lenses can be used to protect the eye and facilitate healing in horses with non-infected ulcerations. Reasons to avoid contacts for a particular horse include reduced tear production... Read More

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Dealing With Warts

August 01, 2004

A wart is an epidermal (skin) tumor caused by a variety of different viral infections. Remember that the word tumor simply means lump or mass and does not always infer cancer. In medical terms, warts are typically referred to as papillomas... Read More

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Corneal Endothelial Degeneration

August 01, 2004

My horse has corneal endothelial degeneration. My veterinarian and I have been using a "control" schedule for some time, but I would like some information about the condition.    Janine


The corne... Read More

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Miniature Horses' Eyes

April 01, 2004

It is tempting for veterinarians to use laboratory reference ranges collected from full-sized horses when treating miniature horses. This is not always appropriate, however, as miniature horses have some breed characteristics that are only now... Read More

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100th Equine Corneal Transplant Performed at UF

March 10, 2004

Veterinary ophthalmologists at the University of Florida completed their 100th corneal transplant on a horse Jan. 9.

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Eye Protection from the Sun

March 01, 2004

I have a 14-year-old Paint/Quarter Horse with one blue eye that has been diagnosed with a "detached iris." His iris appears wide open or not even there. My vet suggested providing his eyes with protection from the sun. What is available? I would... Read More