by Dr. Nancy Loving
The newborn foal opens his eyes for the first time, and those soft, expressive orbs framed by tiny eyelashes begin to take in his surroundings. This brand-new set of eyes has never encountered environmental pathogens, sharp objects, or trauma. But it’s important to realize that while all might appear normal now, these peepers could be primed for developing particular conditions—genetic or otherwise—in the coming days or further down the road.
Recognizing any of an array of foal problems early sometimes can mean the chance to treat and preserve vision. But before we get into what can go wrong, let’s cover what’s normal.
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