Milky line in eye- cataract or something else? (photos)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Gargoyle, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    One of our hens has a milky white line in her left eye. Right eye is clear. She doesn't seem to see well out of the left eye. She's a 3 year old Columbian Wyandotte.
    Does this look like a cataract, or perhaps an infection or problem with the nictitating membrane (inner eyelid) or some other eye problem? Any treatment suggestions:

    Bad (left) eye, note the milky white line across the middle of the pupil

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    Close up of left eye

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    Good (right) eye

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  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like it could be an old injury to the eye. I suppose a cataract is possible, as is something like ocular Marek's disease, but it doesn't fit either one of those exactly. Other than her not seeing that well out of that eye, does it seem to bother her at all? (does it seem to hurt, or itch, or something like that?)

    Sorry I can't really say for sure. As long as she seems to be getting around well enough, she should be fine, whatever it is. By the way, she's a very pretty bird! (I love Columbian Wyandottes)
     
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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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  4. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    She's always been awkward and stumbled around (splay leg), so she bumps in to things a lot. She could have gotten injured that way. The last few weeks she's been a lot less confident than usual, which leads me to believe the eye problem has gotten worse.

    She doesn't act like it bothers her, in that there is no sign it itches or hurts. She does hold her head at an angle while walking, (to see out of the good eye), so combined with the splay leg it puts her off balance and a bit nervous, but a she has a great personality and is a solid egg layer. Not pure bread Columbian Wyandotte, she has mossy/laced feathering (so perhaps 1/4 or 1/3 of the way from Columbian to Silver Laced), she is a beauty.
     
  5. Gargoyle

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    It is a cataract. I showed the pix to a vet I know, and she confirmed it. She said that Mossy will be light sensitive but will probably learn to use shade to help. I should watch out for weeping, which could be a sign of inflammation, but there is none of that so far.

    You'll note from this photo that it has gotten worse in the past 3 weeks. Mossy is only about 2-1/2 years old.

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    She told me that there are a couple of parasites that can cause similar effects, but this is definitely a cataract. "the line on this one is crystallization along the linear proteins (occasionally it goes horizontal instead of Y-shaped)..."
     
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  6. memphis

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    Surprised at how quickly it's progressed. Does it seem like she is learning to deal with it?
     
  7. Gargoyle

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    Yes, she actually seems to be moving around more comfortably now than she did a couple weeks ago. She's not stretching her neck and bending it to look with her good eye as much.

    Chickens adapt pretty quickly.
     

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