Last changed: 01 March 2017

Ophthalmology is the study of eye diseases. The UDS, together with SLU's Department of Clinical Sciences, runs a specialist clinic to diagnose and treat injuries and diseases of the eye's various parts.

The eye clinic also has special expertise to conduct investigations of the retina and the visual pathways function, for example, by electroretinography (ERG) and visual evoked potentials (VEP).

Injuries and illnesses in the eyes may cause impaired vision and impaired quality of life in horses. Eye injuries due to external force against the head and eyes are common in all species, but the horse's eyes are large and located in a way that makes them particularly easily damaged. There are many eye diseases which are not caused by external influences.

If you suspect injury or disease in the eye, it is important to contact a vet to have your horse examined, because even a seemingly simple injury can lead to permanent loss of vision if not treated properly. You should seek care if your horse shows signs of pain such as screwing up its eye and/or has increased lacrimation, or if there is swelling around the eye. Other symptoms that should prompt veterinary examination are abnormal colour changes in any part of the eye and not least if you suspect that your horse has impaired vision.

At SLU, we conduct research on eye diseases and on different methods of treatment. This means that your horse may have the opportunity to participate in projects on diagnoses and new treatments of eye diseases.

Staff at the eye clinic:

Björn Ekesten, licensed veterinary surgeon
Björn Ekesten is a professor of clinical neurophysiology and a Swedish and European specialist in eye diseases in horses and small animals. Björn examines and treats eye patients at Small Animal Clinic and the Horse Clinic.

Lena Ström, licensed veterinary surgeon
Lena Ström is a lecturer in large animal surgery and a PhD student in eye diseases in horses. Lena examines and treats eye patients at the Horse Clinic.


For non-emergency appointments, please call +46-18-67 29 50 between 8.00 and 16.00 Monday-Friday.

For emergency cases we are open 24 hours all year around.