Rabbit Cataracts

Written by ashley miller | 13/05/2017
Rabbit Cataracts
Cataracts in rabbits are fairly common. (rabbit image by Henryk Olszewski from Fotolia.com)

If you're the owner of a pet rabbit and you're concerned that your rabbit is developing cataracts, rest assured that this is a fairly common problem, which can potentially be corrected with early detection.

Features

A cataract in a rabbit's eye is a noticeable clouding over of the lens inside the eye. Cataracts are not preventable, and usually caused by a bacterial infection.

Significance

Cataracts can cause gradual vision loss in rabbits if not properly detected. If left untreated, cataracts can cause glaucoma.

Treatment

Laser surgery can remove cataracts that are detected early. Medication is often recommended after surgery to deal with the bacterial infection.

Warning

If the cataract is not removed, it is possible that your rabbit will become blind in the affected eye. Your rabbit can continue to live a normal life, however, as long as you adjust his environment accordingly.

Time Frame

PetMD states that many times, cataracts are present at birth, but can also occur spontaneously throughout the lifespan of your rabbit.

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