Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Conjunctivitis: overview

Contributor(s): Dennis E Brooks, Graham Munroe

Introduction

  • Incidence: inflammation of the conjunctiva or conjunctivitis is the most commonly acquired ocular disease in all species, including the horse.
  • Because of the conjunctiva's intimate relationship with the cornea and eyelids, either or both of these structures may be involved as well.
  • Cause: many potential causes - primary and secondary.
  • Signs: basically similar irrespective of cause.
  • Diagnosis: ocular and physical examination.
  • Treatment: is more rational and effective if the specific cause is established.
  • Prognosis: depends on cause.

Etiology

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Clinical signs

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Diagnosis

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Ancillary aids

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Treatment

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers
  • Recent references fromPubMed andVetMedResource.
  • Wolfe J E, Utter M E, Boyle A G & Habecker P L (2010)Limbal conjunctival plaques and idiopathic eosinophilic conjunctivitis. Equine Vet Educ22(6), 375-381.
  • Brooks D E (2010)Equine conjunctival disease: A commentary. Equine Vet Educ22(6), 382-386.

Other sources of information

  • Brookes D E (1999)Equine Ophthalmology. In:  Vet Ophthal. Ed: Delatt K N. 3rd edn. Lippincott. pp 1053-1116.


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