Our ophthalmology unit is the largest in Europe, with a dedicated team including three European specialists working to improve the lives of animals with ocular diseases or traumas.
We accept referrals of any animal; large or small. Here, we meet Roxy, a horse who had a rather unforunate encounter with a blackthorn.
Roxy, owned by Rose, was referred to the Animal Health Trust last year after she had a suspected blackthorn penetrate her eye and was suffering from uveitis (inflammation of the inside of the eye) and a possible abscess.
Almost immediately, our ophthalmology experts diagnosed poor Roxy as having a corneal abscess, initially suspected to be fungal. After the initial treatment response was slow, it was believed she had a mixed bacterial and fungal infection, and treatment was changed accordingly. The uveitis was due to the deep infection of the cornea, and improved as soon as the abscess began to resolve. Roxy was an excellent patient, which was just as well considering she needed prolonged medication due to the depth of the lesion in her cornea. She was discharged after a two week stay at the AHT and admitted to Rose’s local vets who continued the treatment.
After medication and giving her eye plenty of time to heal, Roxy is now finally back out in her field – with a little support from her guardian mask – and has even begun her ridden work again. Rose said, “I really cannot thank the AHT team enough for their hard work and expertise. Without them, Roxy would no longer have her eye. I will be eternally grateful for all that the AHT did, as I’m sure Roxy is!”
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