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Old 01-11-2017, 12:41 AM   #1
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I have a 10 year old male mini-lop. I took him to the vet 2 years ago because I noticed his eye was cloudy. It was confined to his pupil area. The vet said he had a cataract and that it's nothing to be too concerned about. Fast forward to now and it seems the cloudiness now covers the majority of his cornea. I looked through every article and image on Google and nothing seems to resemble my bunny's eye. Cataracts look blue and seem to be confined to the pupil area.

I took some pictures to get your opinions. His eye looks much worse than it is in the pictures because we had just put medicine on his eye. (He has a weepy eye.)

Pictures: http://imgur.com/a/ZikiO

My question is, does this look like a cataract, or is it some other problem that the vet missed? I appreciate your time.


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It looks to me like your rabbits eye is infected, as evidenced by the white cloudiness in the eye and the thick white discharge at the corner of the eye. Because it has been like this for a prolonged period, antibiotics aren't likely to be effective alone in clearing up the infection. The eye most likely would need to be removed. There could also be infection behind the eye because of the thick white discharge coming out, in which case that would need treatment as well. The vet will also need to do full head xrays to rule out any dental involvement, as infections and weepiness from the eye can often be dental related.

This link has some info on it and pictures from the beginning stages. Your rabbits infection is very advanced.
http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Eye_dis...cer/Ulc_en.htm
http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Eye_dis...e_diseases.htm

Due to the fact that originally your rabbit likely had a corneal ulcer from a scratch to the eye and this became infected(which would account for the white cloudiness to the eye), and the vet you saw misdiagnosed this as a cataract and left your rabbit without the correct treatment(antibiotic eye drops), I personally would not go back to that vet and would be looking for a much better rabbit savvy vet to take your rabbit to now. The injury and infection to the eye could likely have been easily treated at the time with abx eye drops, and now you are looking at a costly eye surgery, which is a risk for an older rabbit to have to go through. You can take a look at this list to see if there is a recommended rabbit savvy vet near you. If you are in the UK, there is a different list for rabbit savvy vets that I can give to you if you need it. I really hope you can find a good competent rabbit vet that will give your rabbit the correct treatment, and that your bun will be alright.
http://rabbit.org/vet-listings/


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It looks to me like your rabbits eye is infected, as evidenced by the white cloudiness in the eye and the thick white discharge at the corner of the eye. Because it has been like this for a prolonged period, antibiotics aren't likely to be effective alone in clearing up the infection. The eye most likely would need to be removed. There could also be infection behind the eye because of the thick white discharge coming out, in which case that would need treatment as well. The vet will also need to do full head xrays to rule out any dental involvement, as infections and weepiness from the eye can often be dental related.

This link has some info on it and pictures from the beginning stages. Your rabbits infection is very advanced.
http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Eye_dis...cer/Ulc_en.htm
http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Eye_dis...e_diseases.htm

Due to the fact that originally your rabbit likely had a corneal ulcer from a scratch to the eye and this became infected(which would account for the white cloudiness to the eye), and the vet you saw misdiagnosed this as a cataract and left your rabbit without the correct treatment(antibiotic eye drops), I personally would not go back to that vet and would be looking for a much better rabbit savvy vet to take your rabbit to now. The injury and infection to the eye could likely have been easily treated at the time with abx eye drops, and now you are looking at a costly eye surgery, which is a risk for an older rabbit to have to go through. You can take a look at this list to see if there is a recommended rabbit savvy vet near you. If you are in the UK, there is a different list for rabbit savvy vets that I can give to you if you need it. I really hope you can find a good competent rabbit vet that will give your rabbit the correct treatment, and that your bun will be alright.
http://rabbit.org/vet-listings/

Thank you for the response. Is there any other cause for cloudiness like this aside from infection? Do cataracts ever affect the entire cornea or are they isolated to the pupil area? It just doesn't (and it never has) looked like any of the pictures I've found while researching this problem. The discharge has never been anywhere near as bad as the pictures of Dacryocystitis. The cloudiness in my bunny is also a tan / brownish (and always has been), but all the corneal ulcers and other infections seem to involve white cloudiness (and / or very red eyes).
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Yes, rupture of the lens. It's more often associated with e cuniculi but it happens. I'm no expert, but I did research about cataract a few months ago (one of mine became blind... but it wasn't a cataract in the end). If I remember correctly, there are 4 different types and they don't all stay confined to the pupil. If you have a vet competent in eye problems, I would take him for a visit of control.


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