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Eye Diseases and Treatment

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Equine Medical Center faculty members have extensive experience in caring for horses with both medical and surgical disorders of the eye.

EMC faculty members have extensive experience providing medical and surgical treatments to horses with eye disorders. Surgical repair of traumatic injuries, control of infection via treatment catheters, and laser removal of tumors are just a few examples of commonly treated conditions.

The EMC also offers the services of board certified ophthalmologists, by appointment, for specialized surgical treatment of ophthalmic disorders including cataracts, intraocular surgery, or implants for recurrent uveitis. Working together, we are able to provide the most advanced care for horses with eye disease.

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Eye disease

Eye problems often constitute an emergency, and the EMC is a full service hospital with emergency and critical care services. Commonly seen eye problems include:

  • Developmental disorders such as congenital cataracts
  • Ulcers of the cornea
  • Traumatic injury
  • Recurrent uveitis

Each condition requires a different treatment approach, but a common feature of eye disease is that it requires prompt and vigorous care to best protect the horse’s long-term vision.

Resources

To learn more about equine eye disorders and diseases, these articles will explain the subject in more detail:

Eye care appointments

  • For an appointment or for more information, call (703) 771-6800 or email emcinfo@vt.edu.
  • Eye examinations are performed by appointment and arrangements can be made for a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist to examine, evaluate, or even treat the horse.
  • View the Client Care Packet (PDF) to learn more about the facilities, services, staffing, and policies at the EMC.

Faculty clinicians

The following faculty have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating eye disorders and diseases.