Cataracts are cloudy areas in the lens inside the eye – which is normally clear – causing blurry or obscured vision that may result in spooking or impaired performance. If your horse is afflicted, what are your options? When you hear the term cataract, you likely think of it as a geriatric human complaint. In fact, cataracts can affect horses (and humans) of all ages, robbing the sufferer of vision. A cataract is any area in the lens of the eye which has become clouded or opaque. Cataracts can be large or small, and obscure vision to varying degrees. In a healthy eye, the transparent lens works with the cornea to refract light and focus images onto the retina. Able to change shape to accommodate this task, the lens is made up of a jelly-like substance and is suspended by ligaments, which are attached to ciliary muscles. When cataracts are…
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