I have been reading about the Pink Eye and prob with eyes on here..and trying to figure out why my little one suddenly went blind.. He is eating well and seems good otherwise and has No discharge, no crust, no watery eyes, no fever.. so I don't think it's pink eye.. It did happen just after I moved them to a shelter with fresh hay and a heat lamp.. wondering if it could be just irritation.. I'm not seeing anything in the eye.. But it's cloudy white.. Trying the vaseline now. If there's anything y'all can think of that it may be or another treatment that may work can you please let me know.. Thank you
Post by Rose's Goats on Dec 23, 2010 10:44:58 GMT -5
It could be an inverted eyelid. This happens once in a while (I have seen it once in one of my kids). Pull down the lower eyelid and carefully examine to see if the eyelid is curled under. The eyelashes rubbing against the eyeball is what can cause the eye to go cloudy and then blind. If it is an inverted eyelid you can try pulling the eyelid down to correct the curl and massaging it in place several times a day. Sometimes this will correct it. If the eyelid will not stay uncurled, then you can inject a small amount of Penicillin subcutaneously into the eyelid to create a "pillow" that will force the eyelid to stay uncurled. Another cure is to have a vet put a stitch or two in the eyelid to force it to grow right.
Is the kid blind in both eyes? How cloudy are both eyes? Is it the entire eyeball, or just parts of it?
A thiamine deficiency can cause blindness but it is usually accompanied by other neurological signs (staggering, weak muscles, inability to walk). I don't think thiamine deficiency causes cloudy eyes, I think it just causes sudden blindness with no physical damage to the eyeball.
Thankyou so much for all the info and advice..! I took my little one to the vet. He is just blind. Nothing in the eye. The vet said it could be genetic. His twin brother is also blind in one eye. He (Cooper) is a happy little thing. Chasing my daughter as she sings and plays in their pen, following her voice.. it's the cutest thing. I'm amazed at how well he is doing.. ALL my 5 bottle babies are doing great and thriving thanks to the advice and info on this website!! I hope Cooper will learn his way around and will be okay as he grows bigger.