Swollen/Weepy Eye?

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  1. Shikoika

    Shikoika Senior Member+

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    A horse at my barn has always had a bit of a weepy eye, but it never seemed to bother her.

    But yesterday when my mom went out to feed she noticed that one of the mare's eyes is somewhat swollen (but not drastically), and is weeping profusely. We are going to take some warm water and try to clear out the eye best we can...

    does anyone have any other suggestion? We are not her owners- we just feed for them, but the actually owner is living upstate and the boyfriend has hardly/knows hardly anything to do with horses ad stays as far away as possible except to toss hay at them every now and again on the nights mom and I can't.

    I'm hoping it clears up easily, because Mike (BO's boyfriend that currently lives on property) won't pay 100 dollars to have the light fixd in the barn (so we get to feed in pitch blackness), so I doubt he'll be willing to pay for the vet...

    Any suggestions other than cleaning out her eye with warm water?
     






  2. bnwalker2

    bnwalker2 Senior Member+

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    Sienna had something like that happen last year. I flushed it out really well, I used a syringe to make sure the water got inside the eyelid and everything. And then I put a fly mask on her to keep any debris from getting into the eye. I took the fly mask off the next morning and it was perfectly fine again. I was already planning on calling the vet that day, but didn't have to because it cleared up.
     
  3. Shikoika

    Shikoika Senior Member+

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    Good idea thanks!

    Did you place it in the corner of the eye or..?? What did you find was the best way to get it under the eylid?
     
  4. bnwalker2

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    I flushed every part of the eye that I could. I had John hold her still and I just pulled up on the eyelid and put the tip of the syringe under it and then pushed the water in slowly (it was a tiny syringe).
     
  5. CJ

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    The pony I take care of had a s/w eye a while ago when she got kicked. I think she had dirt/debris in it. I wanted to use a Dixie/ 3oz cup of water to flush it. But the BO brought out styrofoam bowls instead of a cup. Soaked a clean dishrag in warm water and softly com/pressed it over the eye so the water ran out. Wasnt sure that would work but the next day the eye looked Much better.
     
  6. Deb

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    She really should be seen by a vet. There could have major issues going on with her eye that could lead to blindness. Eyes are one thing you should never ignore when there is a problem. In the meantime, fly mask to protect it...especially if she is getting Uveitis. That is very painful. But she really should be seen by a vet who can stain the eye and take a look inside it. Don't give any eye drops with steroids in them as they can do harm depending on what the problem is.
     
  7. Shikoika

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    I cleaned it out tonight....she clearly had rolled while the thick yellow mucus had collected the dirt into mud around her eye. I cleaned off the dried mud and flushed it out best I could with warm water. It was not so much swollen, but the skin around ti red and irriated...she definately could look around with more comfort by the time I was done though.
     
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    My guy came in Tuesday evening with a slightly puffy, teary eye. I've been cleaning with warm water and boric acid. It looks better but not like it should. I didn't notice any scratches or anything so I called the vet yesterday for an opinion so I didn't end up with an emergency over the weekend. I picked up an antibiotic ointment and started him on it last night just in case.

    Debbie
     






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