Stromal abscess

Stroma abscess occurs when the cornea sustains a relatively minor injury which initially appeared to heal, but has essentially implanted infection deep into the corneal tissue. As the overlying cornea heals, the eye initially appears to improve and is more comfortable, but as the deeper infection and inflammation build the eye suddenly and rapidly deteriorates.

These are very serious problems and the eye can easily be lost should there be a delay in treatment, or there be a poor response to therapy. Intensive medical therapy is the usual initial treatment, however with poor responses surgery may be recommended. Stromal abscesses may occur in any species but horses are the one most commonly referred to this clinic. 

Even with prompt vigorous therapy patients may still loose vision, or the whole eye may be lost.