Entropion – solutions

We have a filly born this spring and just like her full brother from last year her lower eyelids roll into her eye on her yearling we had surgery done to fix this except they cut too much on the one and now it gaps.We have a filly born this spring and just like her full brother from last year her lower eyelids roll into her eye on her yearling we had surgery done to fix this except they cut too much on the one and now it gaps.

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MS Univ. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lowder:

We have a filly born this spring and just like her full brother from last year her lower eyelids roll into her eye on her yearling we had surgery done to fix this except they cut too much on the one and now it gaps. Another vet suggested that on this newborn that we take a pleat to pull it out and down a bit . what would cause this and how do you suggest we fix it ???

Monica

Monica,

Your foal has entropion which is an inward rolling of the eyelid, allowing facial hair to rub on the cornea. The iritation careated causes blepharospasm (eye pain) and excessive tearing. In acute cases, manual repositioning of the eyelids, repeated as required, combined with an ophthalmic ointment to lubricate and protect the cornea may be all that is required. Some practitioners will inject the eyelid with procaine penicillin G to cause it to swell and evert back out. Surgical correction can be done by placing some sutures in the eyelids to hold them in correct position for 7-10 days. In cases that don’t response to either of these treatment surgical removal of eyelid skin is indicated. I suggest you have the sutures put in and try that method first.

Good Luck, Dr. lowder

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