Posted 22 September 2008 - 03:04 PM
Honestly, I would call the vet out. Since you say this is an escalating condition (started out just watery, now sounds puss-y) that has progressed over a little time, I think you need a vet. You want to be careful about what you put in an eye if you are not sure if the surface of the eyeball has been breached or not. Some situations call for steroids and some will only make for a train wreck if steroids are used.
When I first see a slightly irritated eye, and I think it is probably just a forein body in the eye, I will wash it out and watch it for a short while. (maybe an hour if the animal doesn't seem bothered by it) If that doesn't resolve the situation in a very short time though, I call a vet. You will need to have it test-stripped for any ulceration and then get medicine specific to your horses condition. Eyes are touchy. You should err to the side of caution on this one.
ETA--over the years, I have had horses that had several different eye problems. I have dealt with conjunctivitis, forein bodies in the eye, corneal ulcerations, and ERU. The treatment really varies. You need to know what, specifically, you are treating.
Good luck to you and your horse.
Edited by mydakota, 22 September 2008 - 03:08 PM.
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