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I actually treated my horse for a corneal abrasion once....welcome to my side of the fence :-)
I would expect that she has a corneal abrasion rather then an actual laceration of the corneal stroma.
Oh yeah. What should I do? It uptook stain
The atropine,while is should not be a problem with breast feeding, will dilate her eye for about 3 weeks.
Do you have cipro drops or ointment?
Ok. She is not going to be very happy tonight. When she goes into REM sleep it is going to really hurt.
The good news? Things should heal up within 24 hours.
So should she use the antibiotic eye drops or not?
That is a very good drop. You could put in one drop QID and that will be OK.
I would hold off on the atropine as she really doesn't need an agent that works for 3 weeks for the 24 to 36 hours of photophobia and blepharospasm she is going to have.
for just a few days?
I normally don't use antibiotic drops for a corneal abrasion. I usually put on a pressure patch with an antibiotic ointment, such as erythromycin or -- to tell the truth -- whatever I have in my desk drawer -- The risk of corneal infection in these injuries is very, very low.
One the epithelium is intact, which usually happens in 24 to 36 hours, the risk of infection is pretty much gone...so no need for further coverage.
so should she not open her eye is that what they eye patch is doing
The pressure patch really helps with the pain. Make sure the patch is tight and the eye closed...if it comes open under the patch it can really cause a bad abrasion.
A very good study a decade or so ago showed that a corneal abrasion heals just as fast and just as well if left alone or if patched with antibiotic ointment. The only difference was that the patched patients were more comfortable.
Plus, if a patient comes to my office in pain with an abrasion they expect me to do something "doctorely"......so a patch it is :-)
I bet you do that as a vet sometime too.....
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My family owns a large riding stables where I grew up. Are you large, small or mixed animal vet?
dog and cat only
And you are correct in your post....steroids at this point will just slow healing an increase infection risk.
we feel better, at least she wont go blind