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Eye infection/injury?? Eye has gone blind and gray- pics

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lonnyandrinda, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. lonnyandrinda

    lonnyandrinda Crowing

    May 11, 2012
    Coweta, OK
    Anyone ever seen anything like this before? I don't know how long her eye has been like this, I've been so busy with the move that I haven't been watching much "chicken TV" lately. :( She was the first one in to roost last night so I looked her over and was totally shocked to see her eye. I am applying triple antibiotic cream and Veterycin opthalmic gel three times a day. This is Green Band Girl, my favorite Cream Legbar hen, she is about 15 months old. She is not laying right now (I can tell by her dry vent and the width of her pelvis), eating and drinking well, good weight. The whole eye is gray, and the pupil is a hard point in the center. She seems completely blind on that side. The whole eye, socket, and lid is swollen.

    For reference, Cream Legbars seem especially prone to eye/blindness problems so I wonder if this is just something that naturally occurred. It could be an injury but doesn't really look like it.

    Anyone know what is wrong or what else to do for her? Am I doing the right thing?

  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    I haven't seen something quite like that before. It almost looks like the ocular form of Mareks, but Marek's doesn't cause (as far as I know) swelling around the eyes.
  3. lonnyandrinda

    lonnyandrinda Crowing

    May 11, 2012
    Coweta, OK
    Forgot to mention nostrils and mouth are clear, no signs of respiratory problems. Vent also look good. No signs of mites or other pests.
  4. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg Premium Member Project Manager

    Mar 31, 2011
    Wodland, CA
    My Coop
    There is a Verticyn red eye spray. You can also use regular vetricyn in the eye. without other symptoms I would not treat with anti biotic.

    I hope she is ok!
  5. Red Feather

    Red Feather Chirping

    Apr 2, 2013
    N.E. oklahoma
    You might try some vetrx put 1 drop in her eye.
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2013
  7. Ksane

    Ksane Crowing

    Jun 21, 2011
    Rinda, you're using the right stuff. Just something to control infection. Last summer one of my Orps eyes did the same thing. I'm 99% sure it was an injury. From a branch or something like that hitting her in the eye. It was so white and swollen that I though it was too late to do anything at all and that she'd go blind. She's hard to catch and in a big yard so I just kept an eye on her and surprisingly it healed completely. I couldn't tell you which hen it was right now, she didn't go blind either.
    (Also-my mom's miniature horse had the same thing, all white and came to a point. The vet gave her eye ointment for him but she's 73 and didn't get i in very well most the time. He healed up fine and his eye is normal now.)

  8. lonnyandrinda

    lonnyandrinda Crowing

    May 11, 2012
    Coweta, OK
    That's the only possible disease I'm finding that might fit.

    This is my other best guess. The "point" to her eyeball is what's so weird. That's good to hear about healing eyes from yours and your mom's experiences! I will keep doing what I'm doing for now as long as she continues to do well.
  9. ten chicks

    ten chicks Songster

    May 9, 2013
    Chickens have 3 eyelids,upper,lower and a nictitating membrane. The nictitating membrane is a opaque color,chickens can see through it,the purpose is to protect and keep eye moisturized. I am wondering if this is what you are seeing,if she has had an injury/infection it its possible that this membrane is covering eye. Keep using the eye ointment.
  10. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    I also think the best option is to continue with the eye ointment. I have not seen ocular mareks, there is a color change but it is inside the eye in the iris, not over the surface.

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