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Fact 4the day: Pink eye in horses
Conjunctivitis in Horses
Much like humans, horses can contract conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. It may due to several factors such as a dusty environment, an illness, or a viral or bacterial organism infecting the eye. It is also highly infectious.
Conjunctivitis is normally associated with a clear or yellow discharge in the eye. It may or may not contain m...ucous. At the same time, itching and irritation are also clear signs of the beginnings of conjunctivitis and these symptoms may appear before others symptoms arrive.
Symptoms and Types
•Redness of the eye
•Discharge (clear, yellow, or with mucus)
•Adverse reaction to bright light
•Adverse reaction to dust or heat
•Infection of the conjunctiva
•Inflammation of the uvea (uveitis), the coating of the eye globe
•Numerous organisms responsible for injection – may be or viral (herpesvirus) or bacterial origin
•Secondary infection to an underlying illness
•Result of damage or trauma to eye
•Lack of or insufficient tear production
•Abnormally shaped eyelid
•Face flies (bacterial transmitters)
•Environmental Issues (i.e., dust, heat, dryness)
A simple examination of the eye is often enough for a veterinarian to make an initial diagnosis of conjunctivitis in the horse, since the symptoms are outwardly obvious. Following that, your doctor will perform a thorough physical and ophthalmological exam on your horse, taking into account the background history of symptoms and possible incidents that might have led to this condition.
Some of the tests that may be used in the diagnostic process are cultures of the discharge that is seeping from the eye, tissue scrapings, and fluorescein stain, a technique that uses a non-invasive dye, which shows details of the eye under blue light. This latter method can be used to examine the eye for abrasions or foreign objects.
To protect the eye from further infection, your veterinarian will probably prescribe an antibiotics ointment or drops that can be applied to the eye and surrounding lids. Most topical medications such as these must be applied to the infected eye 2-3 times a day.
Specific care will depend on the results of the laboratory tests. If a foreign material is found to be the cause, the eye will be cleansed thoroughly and ointments and drops applied to encourage healing and prevent infection. An anti-inflammatory medication may also be given to decrease swelling and inflamed tissue, as well as to treat discomfort.
Your veterinarian will advise you in cleaning techniques for your horse's eye(s). A gentle saline solution is usually mixed and used one or more times daily throughout the length of treatment, and the eyes protected from dust, harsh light, and flies. Your horse's sleeping space should be kept especially clean, and flies kept to a minimum – as much as that is possible. To protect your horse's eyes further from irritating flies (which can also conduct bacteria into the eyes), use a fly mask to prevent the flies from gaining access to any part of your horse's face.
After a period of time, the symptoms should clear up and clear vision should return to normal.
Living and Management
It is important to keep in mind that symptoms will often become less apparent, with the horse showing all indication of being healed of the infection before the infection has been fully eradicated from the body. It is therefore important that any antibiotics that have been prescribed are used in their entirety for the length of time that they have been prescribed. Often, when a medication is not used in its entirety, the infection will recur, sometimes more severely than before.
Also, bear in mind that this condition does affect a horse's ability to see clearly. If possible, isolate your horse in a calm and low lit environment to avoid the confusion or disorientation that may result from the temporary loss of vision.
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