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Eye problems that occur in horses are identified by a yellow-green discharge, swelling, squinting or bloody discharge. Identify eye diseases in a horse, and contact medical help immediately, with helpful advice from a veterinarian in this video on caring for horses.
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Hi I'm Dr. Joanna Robson. I'm a doctor of veterinary medicine with Inspiritus Equine, Incorporated and I would like to talk to you a little bit about eye problems in a horse. Most importantly, understand that eye problems are typically a veterinary emergency. Especially if you see that the horse is squinted, can't hold the eye open or has a yellow or green discharge or even a bloody discharge from the eye. It can be normal for horses to have just a plain clear serous discharge from the eye. That can be caused by flies or by allergies and dust in the Summer time. However, if the eye is squinted and held shut, swollen or has that yellow green discharge chances are the horse has an ulcer, which is an abrasion on the surface of the eye, or conjunctivitis, which is an infection of the soft tissues that surround the eyeball. Any of these situations should be considered a veterinarian emergency and should definitely be evaluated. Minor eye problems can turn into serious eye emergencies in a very short period of time so never hesitate to call your veterinarian if you suspect your horse has an eye injury of any kind.
Specialty: Vetrinary Medicine