is an 18 year old Appy mare that I have had since she was a 5 year old.
In November of 1998, my vet diagnosed her with Uveitis and we started
treatment. Over the next 7 months, she had additional flair-ups so I
took her to Tufts University in Mass. for a second opinion and make sure we
did not miss anything.
was confirmed and we stepped up the treatment with the same meds that my vet
had prescribed, only it was more aggressive. In addition to the 4
different meds, that she was getting 4 times a day, she had to wear a fly mask
when she was outdoors. Unfortunately, the mask that I was using started
to tear from her rubbing. I had an idea of what I wanted for a mask that
would stop her from rubbing and causing more serious injury and something that
wouldn't collapse when she rubbed.
When I searched the net and found the
Guardian Mask, I was simply amazed. It was just what I was looking for
and more. She wears her mask 365 days a year, no matter what the
weather, from sun up to sun down. Even when she is kept in the
barn she wears it until the sun goes down. In March we went back to
Tufts for our 4th check up and we reduced the meds to 2 meds once a day,
atropine in the left eye and flurbiprofen in both eyes which she will be on
for the rest of her life, a little insurance.
eyes looked good, Uveitis under control, and she showed significant
improvement from her first visit. Missy is a lot more comfortable
and not in pain. I truly believe that the sun light plays a big roll in
eye problems and that the Guardian Mask will reduce the amount of flare-ups,
if used consistently. We prefer trail riding and it still amazes
me how well she goes with that mask, as I only use the 95 lenses to give her
the maximum protection that she deserves. She goes over, up, down
and around everything, you wouldn't even know she had it on.
is a great mask that can be used not only for eye problems but for flies,
sticks, branches, hauling, etc., and I highly recommend it. The question
I get asked the most is, "Can she see through that?"
"Yup! 20/20." Here's looking at you Sid!
Thank you Debbie for sharing your
experience. We're very pleased to hear the positive progress with