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What is Cloudy Eye?

As with humans and other animals, cloudy eye (cataracts) can become a problem for your rabbit as he grows older, and is a very serious condition that requires immediate veterinarian care. It is recommended that you contact your veterinarian without delay if you notice that your rabbit's eyes are looking cloudy or are leaking. Cataracts can often lead to blindness of the affected eye.

In addition, a rabbit's eyes have nerves that connect to their brain and infections that go unnoticed or untreated can lead to encephalitis (brain infection) which can result in the death of your rabbit. The earlier cloudy eye or an infection of the eye is noticed, the better. Prompt treatment increases the chances of your rabbit not suffering from permanent eye damage.

Cloudy eye in rabbits is medically known as cataracts. This condition commonly occurs at birth and progresses with age. Cloudy eye develops as an opaque film that forms on the lens of one or both of your rabbit's eyes. This film then reduces the amount of light that passes through your rabbit's lens, affecting his ability to focus. As cloudy eye progresses, the contrast and sharpness weakens and his overall sight will be affected.

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Symptoms of Cloudy Eye in Rabbits

It is important to watch out for any changes in your rabbit’s eyes such as:

  • Cloudiness on the lens of one or both eyes
  • Liquefied discharge coming from one or both eyes
  • Swelling or mass on the iris of one or both eyes
  • Swelling in the uvea, which is the middle layer of the eye that provides most of the blood supply to the retina 

Types

  • Nuclear Cataract - Caused by a degeneration of a rabbit's lens as it ages
  • Cortical Cataract - Caused by a decrease of a rabbit's glutathione level
  • Posterior Subcapsular Cataract - Although this kind of cataract is uncommon, it is usually stress (e.g. light exposure) or medication (corticosteroids) related

Another cause for cataracts or the rupture of the lens observed in rabbits the protozoal parasite known as Encephalitozoon cuniculi.

Causes of Cloudy Eye in Rabbits

Rabbits are often born with cloudy eye, in particular dwarf breeds. This condition can also develop due to light exposure, trauma, and for no apparent reason as your rabbit gets older. However, when a cataract develops it is usually because of bacterial infection. Additionally, the  Encephalitozoon cuniculi (e. cuniculi) is a parasite that can cause cataracts.

Cloudy eye can also develop in rabbits that are fed the wrong kind of food because they may experience increased levels of glucose in their blood. If a rabbit's food is missing essential minerals and vitamins needed to remain healthy, the chance of developing cataracts increases.

Diagnosis of Cloudy Eye in Rabbits

Your rabbit may acquire cloudy eye suddenly for no apparent reason. Therefore, it is recommended that you contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet’s eye appears to be opaque or has a white mass coming from one or both of his eyes. This is usually a sign that cloudy eye is developing. Your rabbit could be suffering from another condition which is affecting one or both of his eyes. This can also be confused as being cloudy eye:

  • An abscess may be forming in the eye
  • An abnormal growth in the eye known as neoplasia could be developing
  • A tumor may be developing in the eye

Your veterinarian will need to carry out a series of tests to determine if there is bacteria present which may have triggered the condition. She will want to perform blood tests and a urine analysis to see if your rabbit is suffering from an infectious disease. Resulting laboratory findings will help him to establish the correct diagnosis and render an option for treatment.

Treatment of Cloudy Eye in Rabbits

Presently there are two treatment options available for rabbits with cloudy eye. One available treatment option is the use of prescribed medication, and the other treatment option is laser surgery. How your veterinarian will want to treat the condition ultimately depends on the root cause of it.

If the cloudy eye is a congenital condition, your veterinarian will most likely recommend removing it surgically. The earlier this procedure is done, the better the outcome will be for your rabbit. However, if the condition is due to a bacterial infection, your veterinarian will most likely recommend prescription medications to treat the infection.

Recovery of Cloudy Eye in Rabbits

Once your rabbit has undergone treatment and is on the road to recovery, you will need to monitor his condition very carefully to ensure cloudy eye doesn't reoccur. Glaucoma and retinal detachment are related complications that may develop.

Prognosis is usually very good for rabbits who have had a cataract surgically removed. However, there are times when removing a cataract surgically is not an option. Unfortunately, for rabbits that have an affected eye and surgery isn't an option, the outcome may be poor. Glaucoma in the damaged eye may result.

At this time there isn't a cure or a way of preventing cloudy eye from developing. The reason for this is, in most cases, the condition is congenital or it appears suddenly for no apparent reason. This means it is considered a spontaneous or idiopathic condition.

Cloudy Eye Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Nus Nus
mixed
6 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

White opague ring in middle of eye

Hi, one of my rabbits has Encephalitozoon Cunilli a year ago. His head tilt is permanent but other than that, he's doing very well. I isolated him from the other two rabbits for 90 days on the onset of his attack. But we all know the other two are probably infected already and were treated with Febendazole as well.

Now, more than one year on, my other rabbit suddenly developed cataract on one eye. We suspected it's the cause of EC and now on Febendazole as well as NSAID. Surgery is not an option for him according to my vet. I wanted to try Lanomax on him but my vet says she's unsure if it's 100% cataract, saying it's inflammatory reaction from the body immune system in the vitreous fluid as a means of controlling the EC pathogens.

So does this mean, cloudy eyes in rabbits caused by EC may not be cataracts? I'm a bit confused here as I really want to try Lanomax and help him instead of waiting.....

TIA!!

Rgds,
WK

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cataracts are only one reason for a cloudy eye, and other causes can include inflammation in the aqueous, or the vitreous, or the cornea. It would be best to follow your veterinarian's advice on medications for NusNus.

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Winnie
Jersey Wooly
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy eye
Cataract
Cloudy

I found a small gray/white spot in one of my rabbits' eyes. I assumed it was an injury, and our vet said to watch for further development and suspected it was an ulcer. About a month later, her spot developed into a cataract. She had a litter of two - and both kits appear to have a strip of cloudiness over the outer surface of their eyes. We've been treating them, and her mother has a litter, in which one kit has developed one cloudy eye (this is a patch over the pupil). Is it safe to say this is genetic? Have you ever heard of any genetic eye conditions with the above characteristics?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am not aware of a genetic or hereditary issue in rabbits leading to cloudy eyes or cataracts but it is noted in other species; other causes for cloudy eyes may be due to environmental factors, inappropriate diet (dietary deficiency) or other factors. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Unnamed
Lionhead
3 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Reduced Eating
Cloudy Eye Overnight

Medication Used

Human Eyedrops
Kit Eye Crust Paste
Safeguard Pellets

My doe's one kit of 3 weeks eye has turned white overnight. I assume it is bacterial. She seems to be able to see out of it. I have dewormed him and been giving him eyedrops and a glaze-like substance that gets rid of eye crust.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Encephalitozoon cuniculi is a protozoan parasite that can affect the eyes of rabbits and can cause cataracts; bacterial infections, keratitis among other issues may be the cause. A visit to your Veterinarian would be recommended to determine an underlying cause and to make sure to it doesn’t spread to any other kits. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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JAsper
Dwarf Lop
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Cataract
Fur Loss
Discharge

Medication Used

Ivermectin
Artificial tears

Hi, My 8yr old dwarf lop Jasper has cataracts in both eyes (diagnosed by specialist) and has been having artificial tears 3+ times a day for the past 3 months. One of his eyes is barely cloudy, however the other is completely opaque now. They used to be bloodshot until I was prescribed the artificial tears for him following a series of minor discharge issues. Since then apart from the colour and loss of vision he's been fine. Today I was giving him his eye drops and his worst eye has a lot of milky, sticky discharge. The other had a tiny amount. I've cleaned the eyes, I don't see any bulging but his worse eye does have enlarged veins around the iris. Lastly this may be unrelated, but last week he had a large amount of fur loss, possibly due to the season as it was unusually warm in the house then, I've given him ivermectin in case of house mites since then, but unsure if possible symptom.
I need to know how urgent or not urgent a trip to the vets is. My usual vet is not in the practice until friday and it will cost a lot to see somebody else who may not even be trained in rabbits. Ideally I'd love to know what possible conditions I could be looking at and the expected outcome from them

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I do understand your reluctance to see a veterinarian that isn't used to looking at rabbits. I'm concerned for a deeper infection, uveitis, or glaucoma. If there were any way to call the veterinarian who saw him and describe the eye, that might be a good idea before Friday. Otherwise, you can keep it clean, continue with his eye medications, and monitor for the eye worsening. If those vessels seem to be getting larger, it might be a good idea to at least have him seen by a veterinarian to make sure that he isn't having an emergent problem before your veteirnarian is back on Friday.

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Peanut
Miniature Lop
12 Months
Fair condition
-1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

White eye cloudy eye
Whites Of Eyes Yellowish

Hi
Peanut is my mini lop bunny he is 12 months old. One off his eyes have a white pupil and the other eye is now cloudy. I took him to the vet and he got eye drops. He has had two courses off cream and not sure what else to do. Last week he got his teeth out and this is when I noticed the other eye going cloudy. What other options can I do I feel it costing a lot with very little results.
Thank you for any advice.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I wish that I could offer advice, but without seeing Peanut, I am not sure what might be going on with his eyes. Your veterinarian has seen him very recently, and may be able to help with what is going on with a phone call - if they do want to see him for a recheck, they may be able to assess how he has responded to the drops, and use that as a clue to what is happening. I hope that he is okay.

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Snickers II
Lionhead
9 Weeks
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy eyes, vision problems

My family just adopted two 9 week old rescue rabbits. They were found when they were around 2 weeks old, both with horrible eye infections. They were treated with an oral antibiotic and eye drops and they seem to have recovered except one of them now has a milky film covering portions of each eye. The spca where we adopted them thought this bunny might be partially blind, but They’re so young and I’m curious if there is anything we might be able to do to help him recover more of his sight. What would our best course of action be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Since Snickers is so young, the damage to his eye might be reversible. Without seeing him, I don't have any way to examine him to see what might be going on with his eye, but a visit to a veterinarian would be a good idea, as they will be able to examine him, and his eyes, and give you recommendations on the best possible treatment for his eye, and whether they think that he will be able to heal from this injury. I hope that he does well.

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Mona
Lop
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Growths under ears
Bulging eyes
Cloudy eyes
Discharge

I have an elderly (10-12 years) female lop. Over the past few months she has developed cloudy eyes and just a slight, occasional clear discharge coming from one of them. She is behaving normally, and eats primarily 2nd cut hay with a small serving of pellets once a day that she shares with two others. About 4 years ago she developed these round growths under her ears, that I at first thought were just part of her anatomy because they are both in the exact same place on each ear and equal in size, and grew in very slowly. One day she suddenly had head tilt so I took her to the vet and they found substance in her ears and removed some, but tests came back normal on it. She recovered and has not had any issues since, so I never got them treated. She is behaving perfectly normally and seems happy, and it didn’t seem worth it to take an elderly bun through the stress of a vet visit if she was not impaired. Now that she has the cataracts, I’m wondering if they could be connected and I should take her in. Her eyes have always bulged a bit, but they do seem to be slightly worse lately. Thanks for the advice!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Since Mona is an older rabbit, and may have a condition that needs treatment, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian to make sure that there isn't anything that needs to be done for her. I hope that all goes well for her!

I agree wirh Mona's owner.

This was not helpful, at all. How about telling me what to expect? Some things they might look for? Potential treatment options? What’s the point of asking for vet advice on here just for them to tell me to bring her to a vet? I mean, OBVIOUSLY. Why even have the ability to ask a vet here if that is 99% of the answers given? I posted a question because I wanted advice BESIDES bringing her to the vet. Lazy, unhelpful answer that literally defeats the entire purpose of this website.

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Chewi
Mini Satin
4 Years
Fair condition
-1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Scratch
Cloudy strip on eye

My rabbit has a cloudy stripe on his eye. I got him a week and a half ago and I noticed the second day I had him it looked like he had a scratch on his eye. The scratch mark is gone but where it was there is now a cloudy stripe on his eye. Is that just his eye healing? Is it something I should be worried about? It doesn’t seem to bother him and he seems to be quite active

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Chewi, I can't comment on whether the cloudy spot on his eye is normal healing or a problem. Scratches will heal with some edema, and if she is comfortable and not squinting, it may be healing normally, but it would be best if he were seen by a veterinarian to make sure that it is normal healing rather than a problem. I hope that everything goes well with her.

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Skipper
Holland Lop
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy eye

His eye is cloudy, it happend suddenly, there is no puss or discharge,no redness, otherbthen the clouded pupil the eye looks normal. The pupil is fully clouded over but gets bigger and smaller in the light. I can not afford a vet until a month or so please any over the counter advice would help, not sure what to do for him in the mean time until I can afford the vet. Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Skipper has developed a cataract in one eye, especially if there is no discharge, irritation or any other symptoms. Generally there is no treatment for cataracts apart from surgery; keep an eye on Skipper in the meantime and have the eye checked by your Veterinarian when you get the chance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coco bean
Chocolate Lion head
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Clouding

Hello , I received a 8 month old lion head bunny from my daughter for my birthday, I realized right away his right eye has a huge cloudy spot on it , he also gets a very small amount of whit discharge from that eye every now and then . I have had him for 4 weeks now . Other wise he seems completely healthy, playful , eats well .... any idea what’s going on ? Any help would be appreciated thanks evon

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Rabbits can get infections and ulcers, and he may need to have that eye treated. Since there are different causes for these signs and they are treated differently, it would be best to have Coco seen by a veterinarian.

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Fuzzy Ribera
Dwarf netherland
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy white eye, leaky, pink and puffy

Medication Used

none

We have a dwarf Netherlands bunny who is approximately 11 years old. Her right eye has become cloudy white, leaky, and the skin around this eye is pink and puffy with the hair coming out right around the eye. Her left eye seems okay. What should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cloudy eye on its own can be due to cataracts; but the discharge and pink swelling would most probably due to an infection. You would need to visit your Veterinarian for a quick examination and to get some antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

GOOD DAY

HI DOC

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK WHAT IF ONLY ONE EYE HAS A CLOUDY SHADES ? DOES IT CAN CURE WITH AN EYE DROPS?

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B
mini rex
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy eye

My rabbits eye keeps.going cloudy. I first noticed and thought it might be diet related (kids accidently have him young rabbit feed) kept to proper diet eye returned to normal. But now every few days the xoudyness returns. He's fine in himself. No other symptoms

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cloudy eyes may be caused by a few different causes including cataracts, inflammation, toxins among other causes; if there are no other symptoms just keep an eye on B for the time being and see if there is any improvement or if you notice any other symptoms. If there is no improvement over the next few days pop into see your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My bunny has cataracts in both his eyes. But now one eye has a fungal infection that has completely covered one eye. At first it was like a little film that you pull out when they have a hair stuck over it. Now hie entire eye is covered and dr says he has a fungal eye infection. I'm using drops 3x and warm compresses 3x a day. He's on antibiotics too. We were looking for Voriconazole, but best we could do was Miconazole to be compounded into an ophthalmologic solution. Are we doing the right thing?

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