What is wrong with my rabbits eye?
Dacryocystitis, or weepy eye, is a common inflammatory condition of the tear ducts in rabbits. Dacryocystitis can occur in one or both eyes, and is often associated with other medical problems, such as conjunctivitis. Rabbits’ tear ducts are long, narrow, and winding, and anatomically close to their nose and teeth.
What does a rabbit eye infection look like?
Symptoms of an eye infection/conjunctivitis include: Redness and inflammation. Pain (blinking or squinting) Weeping/discharge or crusting around the eye.
How can you tell if a rabbit is going blind?
Your rabbit may be blind or partially sighted if they regularly bump into things or if they’re easily startled by sounds or approaching objects. They may also make slow, cautious movements and become nervous in new places. Many visually impaired rabbits tend to stay close to the wall when exploring.
Can rabbits suddenly go blind?
There are a variety of possible reasons and causes as to why a rabbit may become blind. This occurs when the intraocular pressure in the eye/s gets too high. The affected eye/s can become damaged to the extent that sight is lost, especially if the problem goes untreated for any length of time.
What does conjunctivitis in rabbits look like?
The white of the eye will appear pink or red. There may be discharge in the corner of the eye. The discharge can be thin and clear with tear overflow or thick and coloured green, yellow or white. You may notice discharge on the front legs where the rabbit is rubbing at the eyes.
How do I know if my rabbit has cataracts?
Cataracts in Rabbits
- Lens is partially or fully opaque.
- Eye discharge (hyper-mature cataract)
- Swelling of the iris.
- White nodule-like bumps on the iris.
What causes a rabbit to go blind?
Blindness in Rabbits Sometimes rabbits are born blind due to congenital issues, and at other times, trauma or a medical issue like cataracts can cause blindness. Regardless of the reason for its blindness, a pet bunny should be OK without its sight.
Can I put saline solution in my rabbits eye?
If your rabbit is found to have an infection, your veterinarian will suggest an antibiotic to treat the infection and symptoms. There are some medications that may be used which are chloramphenicol, ciprofloxacin, or gentamicin. A saline solution may be used to wash his eyes as well.