Diseases of the uvea, uveitis, and recurrent uveitis

Brian C. Gilger, Steven R Hollingsworth

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With the exception of uveitis and neoplasia, abnormalities of the equine uveal tract are relatively uncommon and often of minimal consequence to vision or comfort of the horse. However, some innocuous conditions can mimic serious disease, so proper assessment is important to prevent misinterpretation and inappropriate clinical action. Equine uveitis, especially recurrent uveitis, is the most common cause of blindness in horses, and understanding the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of these uveitis diseases is essential for any veterinarian. This chapter reviews diseases of the equine uvea to help recognize signs of uveal disorders, their underlying cause, and how to maintain vision in horses with these diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEquine Ophthalmology: Third Edition
Number of pages47
ISBN (Electronic)9781119047919
ISBN (Print)9781119047742
StatePublished - Dec 12 2016


  • Choroid
  • Ciliary body
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Equine recurrent uveitis (ERU)
  • Immune-mediated disorders
  • Infectious disease
  • Iris
  • Leptospirosis
  • Neoplasia
  • Uvea
  • Uveitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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