Rehabilitating Buddy's eye

This teenaged bay Arabian gelding is in rehabilitation. Watch his progress as he goes through eye surgery, gains weight and returns to his original beauty!

Rehabilitating Buddy's eye

Postby Juliane on Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:29 pm

Buddy suffered a traumatic injury to his left eye, which cause the eye ball itself to be ruptured. It is believed that Buddy now requires enucleation surgery. He has an appointment with Dr. Steve Latimer of NW Equine on February 8th to have the old eye removed and the lids sewn shut.

Since he's been in my care, his eye has been fairly clean, though a few days after he arrived, it did get weepy. I have been fearful of cleaning it, as I didn't want to get anything in the eye cavity. However, now it seems as though it's cleared up quite well.

Dr. Deward will be here tomorrow morning to remove Sydney's staples. I will have him look at Buddy's eye and see if there is anything I can do for Buddy's comfort level.





Buddy handles his loss of vision on that side very well. It doesn't seem to bother him too much, though he tends to keep his muzzle on your forearm when leading him places. He is a very sweet horse and I look forward to seeing his 'after' pics!

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Postby LorsaDoon on Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:43 pm

Seeing an injury on a horse is always hard, but eye injuries are especially bad. It is like you can almost feel it. It actually makes your eye hurt to look at it. :cry:
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Postby Altanera on Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:18 pm

OMG!! Poor Poor Boy!! I feel soo sorry for him!
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Postby Hope on Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:49 am

His eye injury is exactly like my horse Hootie's eye injury. My guy has his eye poked several years from a tree branch, also causing the eye to rupture. It looks exactly like Buddy's eye. I purchased Hootie 3 years ago, like that, best $300 I ever spent. His eye has never oozed, or wepted. I had the vet look at it, when I bought him and they said if it doesn't bother him leave it alone. In the summer time I leave a fly mask on him alot during the day, to keep the sun/bugs out of his eye.
I could take a picture of Hootie's eye and compare it.
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Postby kidholly on Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:39 am

Poor that must have hurt when it happened! It makes my eye water in sympathetic reaction when I look at it.
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