Objective— To report a technique for eye enucleation in standing sedated horses and to report outcome in 40 horses.
Study Design— Retrospective study.
Animals— Horses (n=40) requiring eye enucleation.
Methods— The eye was enucleated using a transpalpebral technique in 40 horses restrained in stocks and sedated. Anesthesia of orbital structures was provided by local nerve blocks and infiltration of the surgical site with local anesthetic solution.
Results— Affected eyes were successfully enucleated with the horse standing. Short-term complications included moderate swelling (5 horses) and wound discharge (1). Long-term complications were not observed.
Conclusions— A diseased eye can be safely enucleated with a horse standing.
Clinical Relevance— Enucleating an equine eye in the standing position eliminates the risks and costs of general anesthesia.