Corneal Trauma - Donkey

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Donkeys are less prone to trauma than horses due to their stoical nature and leisure uses, but their eyes are equally prominent and the cornea is usually involved.

Clinical Signs

The stages of damage progress from endothelial damage to anterior uveitis, lens luxation and retinal detachment.

Presenting signs are:

  • Photophobia
  • Blepharospasm
  • Epiphora
  • Corneal oedema
  • Possible iris prolapse


These signs are seen with many ocular diseases, so history and thorough examination is vital as treatment should be prompt.


A ruptured globe requires surgical intervention and a lens luxation usually results in enucleation due to secondary glaucoma. Aggressive NSAID therapy and atropine are needed for the associated anterior uveitis.

Literature Search

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Corneal trauma in donkeys or horses publications


  • Grove, V. (2008) Conditions of the eye In Svendsen, E.D., Duncan, J. and Hadrill, D. (2008) The Professional Handbook of the Donkey, 4th edition, Whittet Books, Chapter 11

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