Swollen eyes


Sandy Gazzard
 


--hi, my mare has had swollen eyes on and off for about 2 weeks. I have a fly mask on ,day and night when bad. I  had eye ointment also , seen by dentist, and trimmer . I can't help think it is to do with ppid, as she is negative , but not far off. 64 and 69 positive.if I can't it sorted with in 2 days, as I do so far . I will get the vet. I was going to call and she was was fine. I've had to use hay from other sources  as it is very hard to get hold of I don't know what to give her if I can't get any st all .she is hay only.
She hasn't got swollen eye pockets just the lids.

sandy
, joined 27th January 2020. location. Cornwall-England


Sherry Morse
 

Hi Sandy,

That sounds like an allergic reaction to something.  You can give her benadryl but I would talk to your vet about that.  As always, we can't really advise more without seeing a case history and the information that contains.




Lorna Cane
 

Hi Sandy,

What happens if you keep fly mask on all the time,not just when eyes are bad ?

And.....I wonder what would happen if mask were just used during the daylight hours?

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Lorna  in Eastern  Ontario
2002
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Kirsten Rasmussen
 

Soaking hay helped my horse last spring with swollen lids and goopy eyes.  Either because it lowered his insulin and reduced his sensitivity to allergens, or because it prevented the dust in his hay from getting in to his eyes when eating from hay nets.  You could try wetting the hay to see if its dust.

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Kirsten and Shaku (IR) - 2019
Kitimat, BC, Canada
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I have an older horse who is now extremely sensitive to flies irritating his eyes.  They get goopy and infected.  He has to wear a fly mask full time spring, summer and fall.

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Gail Russell 8/30/2008

 

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Sue Ring
 

Hi Sandy,

Talk to your vet to see if an exam for uveitis may be appropriate.  I recently went through having swollen eyes (intermittently) and called regarding an exam right away.  My 20 yr old Thoroughbred does have seasonal allergies, to some degree, but the swollen eyes had never been a problem.  He was recently diagnosed with PPID.  I DO know that eye problems get my attention and I get them looked at right away.  An exam revealed a case of active posterior uveitis (basically inflammation in the back of both eyes).....very, VERY painful to them, as if they have a migraine headache every day!!  Vet prescribed medication(s) and I ordered a Guardian mask, which blocks 95% of UV rays......VERY, VERY helpful - HIGHLY recommend!!  No other fly mask is made from material which blocks the harmful UV rays as is the Guardian mask.  Pricey, but worth EVERY penny.  If left unattended, they can lose vision.  Do not mean to scare you but the earlier you get on it, the better chance she will have to lessen any damage.  You will be aware of the condition and can work to keep the inflammation to a minimum......hopefully, an exam will reveal something less but you will have peace of mind knowing what is causing the swelling.  Best wishes for a very good outcome!!
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Sue R in NC 2021

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Candice Piraino
 

If anything concerns eyes or teeth, I have always called out a vet for their expertise. That has been my best philosophy so far concerning those areas. Hope its nothing too concerning, but if it is allergies, your vet should be able to assist as well. Others have made great recommendations as well. 
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Candice Piraino

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ferne fedeli
 

Interesting.  I hadn't heard of the Guardian flymasks, but will investigate.  Our Appaloosa had a couple of sessions of Uveitis several years ago and our vet at the time came and treated and then I had to put in drops for some period, etc.  Then the last time, we had a new vet and she recommended having the Appy wear a flymask all the time (except when raining, etc.) and see if that helped.  That has been more than 5 years ago and no Uveitis problems since!!!  I just use regular flymasks.  I try to get the ones with black netting, as they seem to filter out more sunlight.
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Ferne Fedeli  Magic & Jack   2007

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Sandy Gazzard
 

Thank you for your advise , I will get the vet out to rule out eye problems . She wears a mask with a home made sown on to keep the sun off. And soaked hay . I put the eye ointment on ,much better by evening.

 

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sandy
, joined 27th January 2020. location. Cornwall-England


Frances C.
 

I've used all sorts of fly masks including Guardian  which is quite heavy compared to the others but very well made and durable. The very light weight ones with large bubblelike eye pieces tend  to get rubbed inwards and kinda scratch the eyes and causes them to tear up.
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- Frances C.
December 2017, Washington & California
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Sue Ring
 

Guardian does make masks of two different weights.....I have both.  The heavier mask is made of fabric similar to the Cashel-type mask - a woven textilene fabric.  The lighter weight one is for riding, I think (but I use it in the pasture as well).  Currently, Guardian is the only mask I know of that offers 95% UV filtration which is what gives protection if the horse is diagnosed with uveitis.  You NEED to have the UV filtration to stop the rays from causing further damage
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Sue R in NC 2021

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TERRI JENNINGS
 

The Gaurdian masks are expensive but they last much longer than any other fly mask I’ve had. We use them for our cremello pony that is prone to melanoma and a paint horse with squamous cells carcinoma. The paint has only needed his mask replaced twice in 15 years. I’d say I get my money’s worth out of them. 
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Terri Jennings with Teeny, Finn and Elliott
Arcata, CA
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