Anyone have any experience with kids born with inverted eyelids or eyelashes? I have one I received as a rescue and the eye is already gone opaque from being rubbed. I thought it was pinkeye and was doing everything I could think of to help it out. Someone suggested inverted eyelids so yesterday we held her down and cleaned her eye and lids good and sure enough, thats what it looks like.
Any help or suggestion is welcome...thanks!
Golden Autumn Farm Dairy Goats Saanans and Alpines
Inverted eyelids, called entropion, can make life pretty miserable for the little kids. The most obvious sign is a very watery eye. Later, the eye will cloud over. I suspect that it has a hereditary factor, but we do not cull for it because the remedy is rather simple.
To roll the eyelid out, you can inject some air with a fine needle or penicillin with a larger needle. Or you can purchase little clips which also pull the lids out. Either way it's a rather scary procedure until you get used to it. For us, the injection method has always been comletely successful. You need someone to hold the kid rather securely. Experienced vets can apply the clips.
In the meantime, and after the above procedures, lots of frequent eye ointment is mandatory. If ignored, the eye will become terribly scratched and probably be painful.
Here's a link to the goatwisdom page on the topic:
Post by Rose's Goats on Nov 3, 2009 14:33:13 GMT -5
I had one last year with an inverted eyelid. It wasn't an extreme case. I was able to gently roll the eyelid back down the right way a couple times a day. It finally went to normal on its own. The eye ointment is a great idea so you don't get any infections.
Post by HarmonyHill on Nov 11, 2009 9:41:56 GMT -5
I had twins last winter given to me that had entropian eyelids, one was severe but one was not. The vet put one stitch in the upper eyelid to roll it back and I put vetropolycin eye ointment in the eye twice per day for 3-4 days. The opaqueness cleared up and by the time the stitch disolved the eyelid had grown out and was no longer a problem. With the one that was not severe, I just treated with vetropolycin. I have read that this is a hereditary problem and that goats with this issue should not be bred.... I have also read that they will eventually outgrow the problem you just have to keep the eye from being permanently damaged while they grow.