First of all, I found and read this article and everything I read there regarding uveitis, causes, symptoms, treatment, etc, was confirmed by my vet today. I can't vouch for it beyond that but at the very least it is a basic education on what the heck I'm talking about if you don't already know:
What began with the occasional, light tearing of Desire's right eye (one day nasty, next day fine, etc) returned looking less friendly a few weeks later, with squinting of her right eye on the weepy days. I had notions of allergies early on and keep her in a fly mask most of the time anyway, since she's a grey. With the Thanksgiving holiday and travel on my part, and emergencies on her end, my vet and I finally connected to check out Desire's eye today. I already had a vet appointment at that point but I had seen 2 days previously that she was suddenly that morning holding the eye closed with a trickle of clear fluid. Later that day when I pulled her to trim her feet I put a cold compress on it for a while which clearly gave her some relief, but I could tell her vision was impaired on that side because when I stopped touching her leg and hoof while trimming she would instantly panic and try to find me on that right side. I'm not going to lie, it was heart breaking to see her both uncomfortable and extra fearful. She is already a tense, high strung horse and the impairment to her vision was clearly making her even less okay with things. My vet mentioned "Moon Blindness" or recurring uveitis on the phone earlier in the week and having educated myself on it, I saw how much it potentially fit her case and felt terrible that I hadn't addressed it sooner. I was worried about potential long term scarring to Desire's eye if it was recurring uveitis, let alone the toll impaired vision or eventual blindness could take on her quality of life long term.
Marketplace!), Desire's eye exam and drugs cost the same as my eye exam and new glasses. Interesting.
Ahh Desire, my teacher. My first horse purchased out of state, first horse shipped, first pregnant mare, first foaling experience, first weaning experience, first reconditioning a broodmare, first 50 mile endurance ride, first multi day endurance ride, first humbling lameness pull, first triumphant top 10 and BC showing..
PHOTO ROLL CALL! ;-)
good job mama
Cuyama XP, our first 50s, March 2012, photo credit Lynne Glazer
ponying Sheza summer 2012
Hat Creek Hustle 2 day, summer 2012
Enjoying being pasture queen, summer 2013
All this in three years. So much heart in this girl, may I ever be worthy and do right by her.