Chapter 63 Diseases of the Eye
As in other species, eye problems in sheep and goats should be considered an emergency. Eye conditions can deteriorate rapidly, and quick attention can make a difference in whether the animal is able to use that eye again. If an eye problem is noticed, the first thing that the owner should do is move the animal inside, out of the sunlight. Then veterinary care should be sought immediately.
Entropion is a condition where the eyelid rolls inward and can cause eyelashes to rub on the cornea, causing an ulcer. Entropion is reported to be the most common ocular abnormality in neonatal lambs. Entropion can be congenital or secondary to trauma, dehydration, loss of the retrobulbar fat pad, and painful conditions that cause the contraction of the retrobulbar muscles.