FAQ:  Blindness Due to Pinkeye
Maxine Kinne

Q.  One of my goats became blind in one eye, but it is better now. Now , several weeks later, another one is blind in both eyes. The white part of the eyes is very red. Can I treat this myself? 

Injury or disease may cause temporary or permanently blindness, especially if untreated. Have your veterinarian look at this affected goat(s) to diagnose it and prescribe medication. You will probably have to put some special ophthalmic ointment in the goat's eyes several times a day for a few days.

Pinkeye infection causes cloudiness on the eye surface (cornea). The condition is very painful, and tears run from the eye. Goats with pinkeye prefer to stay in the shade because light makes it even more painful. The white part of the eye (sclera) reddens from the infection, and the pink lining under the eyelids (conjunctiva) is red and swollen, too. In severe cases, blood vessels try to grow out to the ulcer to help heal it, and you may see that if you look closely.



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