Hi all, I’ve done a search and read/learned a lot, but thought I’d see if I could glean any more information from people who have BTDT. This will be long, sorry.
I have a horse with uveitis. I’ve had him for 3 years or so. He came to me with a scar on his eye (it was disclosed) but presented no issues. Then one summer it got inflamed, vet was out, said it was uveitis and gave me the tobramycin. Cleared right up, no more issues. Until now. He had another flare up this summer that was easily controlled. Then he got late fall needles/dewormed and it flared up and now that I know (much, much) more about the disease, I can see it’s not getting as better as I would have thought with the treatment regimen (tobramycin and banamine).
I understand the disease and the progression, I know it can have varied initial onset triggers. I believe his was trauma due to the scar on his eye. He still has vision in the eye.
I have a regular UV fly mask, and I bought the Guardian Mask. He won’t keep the Guardian mask on, so I have to get creative with extending the velcro straps to try to get a better fit.
Does any one have any suggestions for further treatment or even alternative therapies? I’m steaming his hay in case it is allergies. He wears the mask all daylight hours. Not at night because he lays down in his stall and I worried the mesh would be pressed on his eye. I googled and found an equine opthalmologist and reached out, but they only take referrals from vets. Would that be worth pursuing, or is a regular vet going to be enough?
He’s otherwise fine and going better than ever. But now that I know more about the disease I know it’s painful, so I want to make sure I am doing everything possible and not asking him to work if in fact he is feeling pain I’m not aware of.
Appreciate any insights!