New Forest Eye is caused by a bacterium called Moraxella bovis, and is largely spread by flies in the summer months. Also known as Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis, or Pinkeye.
- increased tear production, often leading to overspilling and tear-staining of face
- cloudy, then pink discolouration of the eye
- corneal ulceration
- cow unwilling to open eye or to be examined due to pain. Pain is more extreme in direct sunlight.
Topical antibiotic preparations are commonly used and can have a good effect. Moraxella are susceptible to nearly all antibiotic preparations, and a long-acting systemic injection can also have a good effect.