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What is Cloudy Eye?

As with humans and other animals, cloudy eye can become a problem for your rabbit as he grows older, and is a 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. This condition might occur at birth and progress with age. Cloudy eye might develop as an opaque film that forms on the lens of one or both of your rabbit's eyes. Depending on the cause, as cloudy eye progresses, the contrast and sharpness weakens and his overall sight will be affected.

Cloudy Eye Average Cost

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Average Cost

$200

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 

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

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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 cloudiness develops, it is best to have your rabbit seen by a veterinarian, as bacteria or parasites can cause eye cloudiness. 

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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 or systemic disease. Resulting laboratory findings will help him to establish the correct diagnosis and render an option for treatment.

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Treatment of Cloudy Eye in Rabbits

There are treatment options available for rabbits with cloudy eye, depending on the cause.  How your veterinarian will want to treat the condition ultimately depends on the root cause of it.

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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 cloudy eyes treated. 

At this time there isn't a cure or a way of preventing cloudy eye from developing. Good husbandry and regular veterinary visits can help keep your rabbits eyes healthy.  

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Cloudy Eye Average Cost

From 515 quotes ranging from $100 - $300

Average Cost

$200

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Cloudy Eye Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Nus Nus

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mixed

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6 Years

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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

June 26, 2018

Nus Nus' Owner

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Dr. Michele K. 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.

June 26, 2018

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Coco bean

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Chocolate Lion head

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9 Months

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Mild severity

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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

June 26, 2018

Coco bean's Owner

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Dr. Michele K. 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.

June 26, 2018

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Cloudy Eye Average Cost

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