The search for causes of nonhealing or recurrent ulcerative keratitis in horses


  • B. C. Gilger

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    1. Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, North Carolina, USA
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Chronic or recurrent superficial ulcerative keratitis in horses is common and the causes of these lesions must always be searched for and identified by the clinician. Without appropriate elimination of the underlying cause, the ulcerative keratitis may not resolve, resulting in corneal scarring, decreased vision and possibly loss of the eye. Common causes of chronic or recurrent superficial ulcerative keratitis, such as infectious keratitis, should always be ruled out; however, other possible causes such as single or multiple distichiasis, should be considered.