EYE RE­MOVAL OF­TEN HAS POS­I­TIVE IM­PACT

EQUUS - - Eq Medical Front -

It’s nat­u­ral to worry when your horse undergoes surgery to have an eye re­moved, but a study from Eng­land sug­gests that the chances for com­pli­ca­tions or other prob­lems re­lated to the pro­ce­dure are low.

Ve­teri­nar­i­ans re­viewed the records of 170 horses who un­der­went eye re­moval (enu­cle­ation) at eight re­fer­ral cen­ters in the United King­dom from Au­gust 2006 to March 2015. Al­though the study did not fo­cus on the rea­sons for the surgery, it is of­ten per­formed to re­lieve dis­com­fort from or halt the pro­gres­sion of uveitis, fun­gal in­fec­tions and ul­cers. In ad­di­tion to re­view­ing med­i­cal records, in­for­ma­tion was gath­ered from 119 of the own­ers by com­ple­tion of a ques­tion­naire about their sat­is­fac­tion with the out­come of the pro­ce­dure.

The data showed that 86 per­cent of the own­ers who ex­pressed con­cerns about hav­ing enu­cle­ation done re­ported that the is­sues they had been wor­ried about, such as post­op­er­a­tive com­pli­ca­tions, did not oc­cur. Even more—90.8 per­cent of the own­ers—stated that they were pleased with the out­come of the surgery. In fact, 21 per­cent said they wished the pro­ce­dure had been per­formed sooner. The re­searchers also found that 77.3 per­cent of the horses achieved their pre­vi­ous level of per­for­mance or a higher level after enu­cle­ation.

Ref­er­ence: “A mul­ti­cen­tre study of long-term fol­lowup and owner sat­is­fac­tion fol­low­ing enu­cle­ation in horses,” Equine Vet­eri­nary Jour­nal, Au­gust 2017

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