EQUUS - - Medicalfro­nt -

Ocu­lar prob­lems in older horses of­ten go un­no­ticed by own­ers, ac­cord­ing to a new study from Eng­land.

Re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Liver­pool asked the own­ers of 327 horses age 15 years or older to fill out ques­tion­naires about their horse’s man­age­ment, med­i­cal his­tory and clin­i­cal signs of dis­ease. Only 3.3 per­cent of the own­ers re­ported that their horses had any eye dis­ease. When vet­eri­nar­i­ans ex­am­ined the horses, how­ever, they found that 287 (87 per­cent) had cataracts, some vi­sion loss or an­other eye-re­lated ab­nor­mal­ity.

In ad­di­tion, the re­searchers found that a horse’s like­li­hood of de­vel­op­ing eye ab­nor­mal­i­ties in­creased with age and those with no ab­nor­mal­i­ties were more likely to re­main in ac­tive work.

Ref­er­ence: “Preva­lence of owner-re­ported ocu­lar prob­lems and vet­eri­nary ocu­lar find­ings in a pop­u­la­tion of horses aged 15 years,” Equine Vet­eri­nary Jour­nal, Au­gust 2018

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