Eye Inflammation? (Please help me identify it)

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  1. Jo C.

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    My name is Jo, I am a new horse owner. I have had my Quarter Horse gelding, Milky Way, for six months. He is an old guy, about 26/27, but he is in great health.
    Recently I noticed some kind of strange eye inflammation around the corner of his left eye. The inflammation is pink and under the eyelid, but his eyelids themselves are not swollen or puffy. Ever since I first got him in the winter time he has had leaky(watery), itchy eyes. His previous owner told us that he has always had that problem though so I am not sure if it is relevant or related to his current problem.
    I added an image of the affected area. Does anyone recognize what this may be? Please let me know.
    Thank you!
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    Scleritis?
     
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    How about calling a vet?
     
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    Oh i retract my statement after seeing the picture inside the house. That looks eerily similar to the squamous cell carcinoma but horse got on her third eyelid, with the bubbly look to it. Definitely call a vet. Eyes are nothing to wait on.
     
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    Looks like cancer to me. It's something you just have removed.

    That's probably been irritating the eye for quite some time.

    Please have the vet take care of it.
     
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    That could very well be cancer. Call the vet. He will sedate the horse and remove it.
     
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    I also agree on cancer. my mare had a tumor on her third eyelid and we got it removed as soon as possible
     
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    Unfortunately, it looks like cancer to me as well. Its abnormal in appearance, bubbly, and looks to be invasive.
    A vet can come and sedate the horse and get a good look in there and possibly remove it if it is cancer or invasive growth. Depending on how deep it goes behind the visible areas removal of just infected cells may be easily done in house, or if its more advanced it may possibly need to be done in hospital. However, depending on how advanced it is it might even not possible to remove the lesion and the entire eye capsule may need to be removed. Generally anything eye related is considered emergency (Otherwise, just seen as soon as humanly possible) as eyes tend to go down hill rather quickly.

    Given the horses age, your vet may have other options (that may not mean surgery on the eye) he may try first. Once the vet has the horses history, checked his overall health, and examination of the eye only the vet then have an actual diagnosis as to what the growth is and the best approach to treatment. I recommend calling your vet and booking an eye exam or calling the local equine eye specialist/asking for a referral to one.
     
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    I agree with the likelihood of a squamous cell cancer. Had one removed from a mare two years ago and she is going strong with no complications or recurrence, and she is 32. Don't hesitate - get the vet out right away.
     
  10. Jo C.

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    Thank you for your reply, I appreciate the suggestion. My farrier came today who is very knowledgeable about horse physiology and I have found him to be very trustworthy that way, he suggested that it could be a condition called 'fly eye' which is caused by bacteria from flies around his eyes. Are you familiar with that condition and would you say that it could be a possibility?
     

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