What does a healthy horses eye look like?
The center of the horse’s eye is normally pitch-black and clear. A milky appearance can indicate that a cataract is forming as a result of on-going inflammation. A cloudy look to the entire globe. Fungal infections and inflammatory disease can cause a horse’s eye to take on a hazy, bluish appearance.
What causes a horse’s eye to be cloudy?
Excessive hydration of the cornea—due to any process that causes corneal edema—results in an opaque, cloudy cornea. A bluish color to the eye almost always means corneal edema, accordingly. Corneal edema can occur subsequent to conditions such as uveitis, glaucoma or endothelial dystrophy, to name a few.
What causes a horses eye to turn white?
Horses with old corneal scarring from prior injury may have a clearly demarcated white or gray spot on the cornea. Another structure that can cause an eye to look cloudy is the front chamber of the eye, known as the anterior chamber. If the fluid in this chamber becomes inflamed, it can make the whole eye appear gray.
How do you treat a horse’s eye injury?
Management of eye injuries
In most cases treatment will involve the use of eye ointment or drops in combination with oral or injectable anti-inflammatory and/or antibiotic medication. Do not use eye drops or ointments prescribed for another horse as they might contain the wrong medication or may spread infection.
How much does it cost to have a horses eye removed?
The procedure can cost between $2,500 and $3,500 (including the cost of the prosthetic), which sounds costly, but may be a worthwhile investment to save a prize horse’s show career.
Can you use human eye drops on horses?
Yes. You can put Visine drops in your horse’s eyes if they are irritated. If your horse’s red, itchy eyes persist we suggest contacting your primary veterinarian to rule out equine food allergy, infection, fungal infection, abscess, et cetera.
Are blue eyed horses blind?
Will the horse go blind before he’s 10 years old? There’s an easy answer to all these worrisome questions. Blue eyes in horses are just as good as the far more common brown eyes! Blue eyes are no weaker, develop disease no more frequently, and are no more likely to stop functioning than brown eyes.