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[RC] Subject: cornea ulcer..do you have any suggestions - Mary

I had a similar situation with my mare a few years back and the first few days (3 I think) I kept her in a darkened stall and treated it with Atropine drops so the pupil of the eye would not enlarge.  I also treated it with an antibiotic drop.   It is important to keep the eye in as darkened atmosphere as possible during the first stage of healing as if not it seems in horses permanent damage may occur to it during the healing process.  Some people have been innovative and put a patch on a fly mask and had good results.
I had the same results of what seemed a fast heal and then it got worse again.  Had to have Vet knock her down and he found a very tiny piece of plastic stuck in the cornea that was not visible with his ophthalmic scope.  After that was removed, bang, it healed almost in 2 days! 
So you might be best to check it closer to rule out a foreign body.
From: Colleen Clark [mailto:ccnidaho@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 2004 8:24 AM
To: 'ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'
Subject: cornea ulcer..do you have any suggestions


I am into 3 - 4 weeks trying to heal up a cornea ulcer.

Thought it was healed last week..but 3 days ago it showed up again.

Yesterday I began administering 3 drops of Ciprofloxacin antibiotics every
hour, and Terramycin 4 times a day. 

The eye looks better today and my mare is opening her eye and it's not

The blue fogged area in the eye is the size of a large pea.  I can't really
see a hole.

Does anyone have any suggestions to help heal this up faster.

Thank you, Colleen