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Ophthalmic lesions in 83 geriatric horses and ponies
  1. K. J. Chandler, BVMS, CertEP, MRCVS1,
  2. F. M. Billson, BVSc, PhD, DVOpthal, MRCVS2 and
  3. D. J. Mellor, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS2
  1. 1 Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9RG
  2. 2 Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, University of Glasgow Veterinary School, Bearsden Road, Glasgow G61 IQH
  1. Moray Coast Veterinary Group, West Road, Forres, Moray, Inverness-shire IV36 2US


Ophthalmic lesions were detected in 67 of 83 horses and ponies aged 15 years or more. Degeneration of the vitreous, followed by senile retinopathy, were the most common lesions and both of them became more common with advancing age, although few of the owners reported disturbances of vision in their animals.

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