Cataracts. Need input.

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  1. endurgirl

    endurgirl Senior Member

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    Short backstory: I noticed Saturday that the horse wasn't in tune with the cow on her right side, would blow past the stop. I took her to the vet today, she has an advanced cataract in her right eye, likely from uveitis, and she has "bullet holes" in her left eye. The vet has referred me to an ophthalmologist at UGA. Does anyone have any input on this? I'm truly devastated at this point.
     
  2. peg4x4

    peg4x4 Senior Member

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    Well ****!!
    Don't make any decisions until after you speak to the Ophthalmologist.. Don't panic either.
     
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    endurgirl Senior Member

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    Tooooooo late, lol. All I've done is cry today. It would happen to the best horse to ever step on this property.
     
  4. doublelranch

    doublelranch Senior Member

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    I know cataracts can be removed, but what are the bullet holes?
     
  5. Puddincup

    Puddincup Full Member

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    @peg4x4 is right don't panic yet.
    I took a mare to New Bolton years ago and had her diagnosed with recurrent uveitis. So while I have some experience with that I won't go into it for fear I would give you either hope or the opposite.

    Wait for the ophthalmologist and a diagnosis. I'm really sorry. It's really cruddy to go through this.
     
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    endurgirl Senior Member

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    I'd have to look at the word she typed, something like degenerating retina.
     
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    Dona Worry Senior Member

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    So sorry to hear this... i hope you get positive news soon.
     
  8. Alsosusieq2

    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    Sorry to hear this. :(

    Wait till you get with the eye doctor though. Chin up. Idk about the degenerative retina, it doesn't sound good.
     
  9. endurgirl

    endurgirl Senior Member

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    Retinal depigmentation in left eye
     
  10. doublelranch

    doublelranch Senior Member

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    How old is this mare?

    I have looked into cataract removal but opted out since my horse's is congenital. Success rates are much lower, and his is small although looks rather large behind his lense when his eyes dilate. He manages like a normal horse with an occassional head tilt.

    I would try to keep positive thoughts until you speak with the specialist. I would be more concerned with the retina of the other eye, and see if the degeneration can be gotten under control. She may have the same in the eye with the cataract, but it may not be seen around the cataract? If her retinas will continue to deteriorate, I don't think I would put her through cataract surgery unless they told me it could be years before she lost more of her sight.

    I am so sorry this is happening. I have seen other disciplines be very successful with nearly or totally blind horses. Unfortunately your girl needs her sight for what she does.
     
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