I was hoping someone could give me some ideas . . . I'm caring for a friend's horse which has been diagnosed with chronic uveitis in his left eye. I was given some eye drops and a tube of neomycin, polymyxin B, sulfates and dexamethasone to put in his eye twice a day. He also wears a fly mask pretty much 24/7 to shield his eye from the sun and keep the flies out of it.
Last time the vet was out she recommended that his eye just be removed since it would always give him problems and always be painful. Unfortunately this would cost the owners at least $1,500. They'll do it if they need to but we're trying to explore other options, too.
Has anyone else dealt with this? Have any other ideas for us? My daughter's 4-H leader suggested wiping his eye with tea. I've been doing that since I have to wipe his eye twice a day anyway before putting in the medication. However, nothing seems to be helping him. His eye is still weepy and swollen and I know it's hurting him.
BTW, He's a dark, almost black, QH - not an appy. This eye is causing him problems with the other horses - I've had to remove him from the herd because they would come up on his blind side and make threatening gestures at him, he wouldn't see them and then he'd get bitten or kicked. He was injured about a week ago pretty badly when he must have been kicked. It took a chunk of flesh out of his upper leg on that left side so I've had to deal with wound care in addition to eye care. I've put him in a small pasture area with our young heifer calf for company.
I'd like to know if anyone has other ideas of medications that may help his eye and also some ideas on making or buying him a fly mask with a better covering for his eye. The vet gave me the drops to dilate the eye, too, but said to put duct tape over his fly mask to shield his eye from the sun when using those drops. The duct tape didn't stick at all and so I'm reluctant to use those drops unless I have a better way to protect his eye. Any ideas on that? The fly mask, too, is beginning to rub him over both his eyes. I don't want to leave it on long enough to rub sores on his face.
Thank you for any feedback you can give me!