For 25 years, Guardian Mask has been manufacturing the ultimate
solution to help horses suffering with headshaking and eye
conditions such as uveitis (ERU or moon blindness), glaucoma, eye
cancer, cataracts, and eye injuries. Their unique patented 95%
Sunshades are specifically designed to help aid in the treatment,
healing, and prevention of these major eye conditions and dieases.
The Guardian Mask offers extended life and productivity to the
horses that have suffered these conditions, and they stress in
numerous cases, without the additional use of medications or
surgeries. The Guardian Mask is designed to be worn year-round
during daylight hours, but it can also be worn at night.
Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU) or "moon blindness" is an
inflammation of the inside of the eye. It is associated in
some cases withleptospira bacteria, it also has an immune-mediated
component. Uveitis can be sub clinical where no outward signs
are seen until the horse turns up blind in one or both eyes.
Uveitis can be very painful, and can effect one or both eyes,
usually in time both eyes are affected. Uveitis isn't contagious
and studies have shown that the condition, and blindness, does seem
to be more prominent in Appaloosas, and Paints, compared to
other breeds, the list of high risk breeds however, is sadly
growing over time. Changing weather and environments are also
a large factor in increasing conditions.
ERU is usually treated with topical corticosteroids (after your
DVM has determined there are no corneal ulcers), and topical
antibiotics. Often, Banamine is used systemically to help with the
Aspirin therapy is used in some cases between flare-ups to
decrease the progression of the disease. Uveitis usually does
progress over time often to blindness and even then can still flare
up, and be painful for the horse. It is recommended to have
your horse tested.
Aside from aspirin therapy, (ask your DVM and the veterinary
ophthalmologist) there is little that can be done to prevent ERU
from reoccurring. Recurrent Uveitis, a leading cause of
blindness in horses, often developing as a sequel to systemic
Bute, Banamine and atropine have been used in the profession for
many years and is currently being used and becoming known that
these are only producing some, temporary relief at best.
Alternative therapies such as the use of a Guardian Mask
with 95% Sunshades™ have proven to help alleviate the symptoms
associated with horses suffering Uveitis. The special patented
95% Sunshades help occlude harmful UV rays that cause the
irritation and weeping associated with this disease. The
recommended use is in all daylight hours, year round. Not just
during flare ups, it is important to continue protection year
There are also special feed supplements
available. When used in conjunction with mask protection,
horse owners have experienced increased positive results to help
combat and control uveitis.
The bacterial organism leptospira is associated with some cases
of recurrent equine uveitis (aka moon blindness). Blood tests,
cultures, etc., can be done however the cause of ERU is not always
identifiable. There is also an immune-mediated component to
Leptospira can cause of abortion in mares, and despite extensive
clinical research, the etiology of equine recurrent uveitis (ERU)
is still unknown.
Equine recurrent uveitis, is an important ocular disease and the
most common cause of blindness in horses and mules world wide.
Ocular emergencies include any condition which threatens the
integrity of the globe or vision. Etiologies include trauma, burns,
infections, uveitis, corneal ulceration, optic neuritis, central
blindness, and the uncommon cases of equine glaucoma, early
cataracts, cancer, and headshaking.
An accurate diagnosis is critical for appropriate treatment for
these problems. The prognosis may still be poor or grave with
appropriate diagnosis; however, aggressive treatment is the only
chance these eyes have to not only save their vision, but more so
to help save their lives.
Frequent reevaluations are also an important part of treating
emergencies because additional problems can become evident over
time which will also need treatment. Most ocular and orbital
injuries or acute ocular inflammation in horses result in similar
signs of adnexal swelling.
In cases of uveitis there will be a blue or white cloudiness and
often a light or heavy discharge from the eye. Horses may
also display behavioral stress and try to rub their eyes against
objects to try to relieve the pain. Horses have even been
observed dunking their heads in water sources to also try to
alleviate the pain. Horses can also continually seek
shade. Sometimes symptoms are only visible in one eye, or both
What are Equine Cataracts?
Cataracts are described as cloudy eyes or eyes that have a white
film over the lens or a thick opacity of the lens. Cataracts
can impair vision as well as blind a horse depending on the
severity and it can occur in one or both eyes.
The cause can be a variety of factors including genetic
inheritance however this is not often the most common
cause. The most common breeds of horses to have congenital
cataracts are Appaloosa's and Arabians. All horses however, are
susceptible to developing cataracts at any stage of life. Cataracts
are generally caused by eye injuries and or eye diseases such as
Uveitis and not limited to any particular age group however it is
known to most commonly occur with either young foals or much older
horses, older horses being the more common of the two age
It is best to try and consider prevention rather than waiting
until something "crops up" or waiting until your horse's eyes are
in poor to bad condition.
Cataracts can be surgically removed however in older horses the
chances of success are considerably low at 50% and even after a
surgical removal there is a high degree of complications that can
arise such as ongoing inflammation, ulcerations and cloudiness
which could lead to shrinking of the eye and even
Foals born with or developing cataracts under six months old are
considered to have this affliction as a congenital disease. Most
veterinarians recommend surgical removal of the lens if the foal is
healthy as the foals can usually tolerate aggressive
Of course any horse that has had a cataract removal is no longer
considered a "sound" horse even if the horse can still
function and get about in a normal fashion. A horse that has
not had surgical removal of the lens can still also be functional
with the aid of alternative therapy.
The Original Multi-Purpose Guardian Mask can not only help
slow down the process, but the mask can also help prevent cataracts
as the disease is known to be linked to Uveitis and as we have
discovered, the best known treatment for uveitis is in fact the
Guardian Mask with 95% sunshades for ultimate protection against
the harmful UV rays of the sun.
It is always recommended to have a complete ophthalmic
examination as well as a general health examination to determine
the condition of a horse with any type of eye conditions, as some
diseases tend to also effect other regions of the horses anatomy.
What are Some Other Equine Eye
There are many ways in which a horse can injure his eye or
eyes. Horses can always find a way and other horses can
sometimes be the culprits. One can never predict when a horse
may become injured but when it happens, quick action and treatment
may save your horses eyes.
Equine Eye Injury Examples
- A kick or bite from another horse
- Sharp objects in or around a horses stall or pasture
- Fighting with other horses that might cause trauma to an eye or
- Accidental head bumping into other objects
- Splinters from wood or trees including dead tree limbs
- Tack or loose equipment that might be laying around the barn,
stall or pasture
- Rubbing against objects such as stalls or fences
- Trailer injuries caused by a horse becoming excited or
- Foreign objects from flying debris such as leaf particles,
dust, or dirt
- Insect stings
- Human inflicted trauma
There are hundreds of ways a horse can manage an injury but once
an injury has been sustained, the first thing that is recommended
is to assess the situation. If there is bleeding and or visible
cuts, veterinary treatment is recommended. If it appears that
your horse has a foreign object lodged in the eye, you could try
gently rinsing to see if you can remove the object and determine if
there is any damage. If you find small particles or objects in
the eye you can try using a clean handkerchief corner to remove the
object. Sometimes clean cotton-tipped applicators can
help. Eye washes can also be helpful to clean out any blood
from a torn eye lid or eye if you can manage to keep the horse calm
enough. Any injury to a horse can be very traumatic, always
use caution when approaching an injured horse.
If your horse has sustained a traumatic injury, your
veterinarian may suggest treatment or if there is sutures, there
may also be medications and follow-up treatment that is
required. If you wish to help protect your horses eyes while
receiving treatment we recommend using a Guardian Mask. The
Guardian Mask will help keep dust, debris and insects out of the
eye area so it may help promote healing. It will also help
keep the harmful UV rays of the sun from causing additional pain to
your horse. The unique design of the mask has a raised set of
"eyes" that are made of sturdy heavy duty materials and keep the
eye covers away from the eyes. This helps prevent rubbing
which could cause further damage to your horse's eye.
You may also consider using Guardian Masks for
prevention. The Guardian Mask products are excellent in
helping keep the eyes protected not just against the harmful UV
rays of the sun but also excellent in protecting against harsh
winds and the debris that might follow.
Always remember to seek the advice of your veterinarian in any
case to help determine what is best for your horse. A horse's
eyes are key to his health and they are not only expressive but
help you read how your horse feels. All creatures have a
natural ability to read others by searching their eyes, it is true
that the eyes bring the world in, and it is also true that the
inner creature is revealed through their eyes. Protecting them
is as important as the horse's overall health.
This letter has been a long time coming in your direction. I
first spoke to you 4 years ago. I have an Anglo Arab mare that
had been diagnosed with uveitis. However, I am a very skeptical
person I needed to make sure that I believed in your product before
I sent a testimonial. Here is a brief rundown of what happened
with my mare Mercedes.
I remember this day so vividly my mare’s eye was swollen and
running and it looked quite painful. I stood in the barn with
my mare and awaited the vet’s arrival. He diagnosed her with
uveitis and left me with a hand full of medications and
directions. I was still optimistic about my mare condition and
Two weeks later… I stood in the barn again, waiting for the vet’s
arrival… this time for the other eye. Again, more
instructions, medications and now my spirits just a little less
optimistic. (I was boarding my horse and the time over 30
minutes from home and had to travel to medicate her 4 times a
My mare recovered quickly this time. One month later, again,
standing in the barn with my mare, both eyes swollen almost closed,
and running, and waiting for the vet to arrive. The vet
arrived and during the examination we discovered both eyes so badly
affected they were full of pools of blood!
Again, the vet leaves, I have my hands full of medications and by
now I am very familiar with the treatment schedule! Now, I am
very worried about my mare, I am in a daze I am so tired from
driving to treat her. I remember sitting on the floor of my
mare’s stall and sobbing!!!
The first year of continuous treatment came and went. Into
the second year of treatment, my life started to revolve around my
mare’s treatment. I quit my job and found one closer to the
barn to make sure I got 4 treatments a day into her eyes. I
left home and rented an apartment in the country to shorten my
drive time. I no sooner got one eye under control and
the other eye would need treatment again. I fought with ulcers
on her eyes from the steroid medications. Ulcers in her
stomach from pain management medications. The final straw was
when my mare had one of her eyes go completely covered with a white
“fungus” type problem!!! From get this… the fungus was caused
by the medications to treat the uveitis! Again the vet came
out to try and help me with my mare. The vet care for my mare
was fantastic however; this was a pretty severe case. My mare
at this point had been on complete stall rest with no light for 2
months (give or take a day) my mare looked terrible. She had
no spirit left in her! She had lost so much weight I barely
recognized her and I was now considering a humane end to this so
called life she was living! The vet and I discussed our
options for Mercedes.
I went home in complete despair. I cried the whole car ride
home. I arrived home and told my boyfriend about what kind of
a decision I was faced with. I went and sat down and found
myself feeling completely helpless. I could for the first time do
nothing to help my mare, I was at the end of watching her suffer,
and I was exhausted physically and mentally and financially
About an hour later my boyfriend arrived with a print out from the
computer. It was your website. He urged me to call and
order and just give it one last shot. I reached you on the
other end of the line Sid! My first bit of hope in
months! You understood! I quickly ordered the mask and
waited. You sent me the mask on a rush order and I had it within 2
days! When the mask arrived in the mail I rushed out to the barn to
put it on her. Okay at first I thought she looked kind of
funny but who cares if it helps.
4 Years Later...
Mercedes now lives at home on my farm. She is completely
blind in one eye and can see I think maybe “shadows” in the other
eye. (I wish I had found your mask months earlier she would
probably still have her vision). She is so happy; she has not had
any problems with her eyes in over 2 years! I have 3 of your
masks so I can rotate to get them washed. She wears her mask
24 hours a day 7 days a week. In fact your masks are so well
made that I still have her original mask and it is in great
It has been so long since I have thought of her eye condition that
I had to look up how to spell uveitis again!
Sid, my sincerest thank you for all you have done for Mercedes and
me. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me on many
occasions by phone, for taking the time to find a “treatment” for
these wonderful animals that suffer from moonblindness, and for
raising awareness with horse owners and vets throughout North
Trail riding season is starting again here in Ontario and thanks to
you, Mercedes and I will enjoy the sunshine again for another
I do not hesitate to tell anyone about your product. My
testimonial… the smile on my face every time I open the barn doors
in the morning and am greeted by the whinny of my mare.
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