A young horse has had the sight in her right eye saved after suffering a full penetrating injury that had caused her iris to prolapse through the cornea, thanks to Redwings Horse Sanctuary and the Animal Health Trust.
A young horse has had the sight in her right eye saved, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Redwings Horse Sanctuary and the Animal Health Trust (AHT).
Blaze, a one-year-old 12.3hh black filly, was taken to Redwings after suffering a full penetrating injury that had caused her iris to prolapse through the cornea.
The injury was so severe Redwings vet Roxane Kirton contacted the AHT, which, due to the severity of the injury, sent a team of ophthalmologists and an anaesthetist to assist with the surgery.
In an operation at Redwings’ specialist horse hospital in Norfolk, two layers of amniotic membrane were sutured over the site of the injury to assist with the healing process.
Roxane said: “It’s not an understatement to say this pony could have lost her eye, which at such a young age would have been incredibly sad. But the surgery went well and although it may never be fully normal, we are confident that Blaze should regain most of her sight. We would like to say a huge thank you to the amazing team at the AHT for all their help with this case.”
AHT head of ophthalmology Claudia Hartley said: “We were so pleased to help Blaze who would otherwise have lost her eye, and had been in pain with this injury.
She added: “It is lucky for Blaze that Redwings was there in her hour of need, and we were only too happy to help save her eye with them. For us, at the AHT, there is nothing better than being able to successfully save the sight of such a young animal.”
- For further information on Redwings Horse Sanctuary, visit www.redwings.co.uk