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Horse eye infections are common and are caused by a wide variety of irritants. Because of this, it’s important that you keep an eye on them (no pun intended) and bring them to the vet if you’re seeing abnormalities. The earlier you get treatment for an eye infection, the better the chance that they will recover without any long-term effects. 

Learning how to spot abnormalities will help you determine if it’s time to call your equine veterinarian, and minimize the time your horse friend is dealing with discomfort. We’ve answered a few questions you may have related to horse eye infections and how they’re treated.

What Are the Symptoms of A Horse Eye Infection?

Some things to look out for is excessive tearing of the eye, squinting, or a cloudy/discolored appearance. If something looks off to you, monitor your horse closely to make sure it does not persist. If you’re unsure, giving your vet a call is a good place to start. They will be able to give you advice and suggest if you should bring your horse in for an examination or not.

What Causes Horse Eye Infections?

Bacteria and fungi are common culprits of horse ear infections, but disease and their environment may be to blame as well. Dust, hay, wooden objects, fences, and more can irritate your horses eye and cause an infection. Make sure you are routinely checking their eyes for abnormalities.

What is Moon Blindness in Horses?

Some horses develop Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU), a disease that causes painful inflammation of the uveal tract of the eye. Also known as Moon Blindness, horses who have had even a single, acute case of uveitis run a higher risk of developing it. 

Studies show that other factors may have an influence of the likelihood on contraction as well, such as the environment and genetic build. If left untreated, it can lead to corneal scarring, cataracts, glaucoma, and even blindness.

How is Gentamicin Used to Treat Horses?

If your horse has an eye infection or a case of Uveitis, make sure you discuss the next steps with your veterinarian. There are multiple methods of treatment, one being Gentamicin. This is an antibacterial medical agent that fights bacterial infections. It can be administered various ways, such as an injection, eye drops, or an ointment. 

Gentamicin Ointment is a common topical treatment for horse eye infections (along with dogs and cats). It can only be sold and prescribed by a certified veterinarian, so it may be something to bring up as an option to them and get their opinion. Common side effects include eye burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, itchy eyelids, and sensitivity to light. 

If your companion is prescribed Gentamicin ointment for horse ear infections, take notes and listen carefully to what your vet instructs you to do. Storage conditions and how to handle the medication will influence the effectiveness and safety of your horse. 

Where Can Gentamicin Ointment Be Purchased?

BRD Vet Rx is a specialized equine compounding pharmacy based in Alabama. Nearing 100 years in business, BRD is America’s trusted source for horse health care. We sell to certified veterinarians who are looking for the best medical products to keep their horses happy and healthy. View our Gentamicin Ointment, or view our product selection here.

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