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Pinkeye, (often mis-spelled as pink eye, and known to some as ophthalmia, Sandy Blight, or Conjuntivitis, is a condition where the eye clouds over or becomes opaque in color. Some research indicates that a lack of vitamin A in the diet may play an important factor in the onset of pinkeye. Most often characterized by watery eyes, the cloudiness of the eye(s) is usually noted within a short period of time. There are several remedies for pinkeye but there is no cure. Like the common cold, it will "generally"run its course. In any case, some type of treatment should be provided. Some of the more popular treatments including drops of oxytetracycline or penicillin directly on the infected eye. Spray-on powders and ointments are also available. Injections of eithe oxytetracycline of penicillin are also a widely accepted treatment when used in conjunction with drops. When treating pinkeye, treatment is given to prevent secondary infection from taking hold. The area around the eyes should be treated daily; it is preferred that the area be washed with a soft, damp disposable cloth at least three times per day. Persons handling a goat with pinkeye should be extremely careful as it is contagious to humans as well as other animals. Left untreated, Pinkeye can lead to blindness.

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About the author: Gary Pfalzbot is a Service Connected Disabled Veteran and the web master of GoatWorld as well as some other web sites. He has raised goats over the years, been involved with 4-H (as a young boy) and currently resides in Colorado where he and his wife Pam raise a few breeds of goats and other animals, and primarily author the GoatWorld web site to continue to inform, educate, and promote the industry.


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