cockatiel eye problem

by donna
(St. Albans, Vt. USA)

I have a 28 year old cockiteal that has a white spot in his left eye ( the vet says that it is in the inside under the cornea) and keeps it shut all of the time. What could this white spot be? I have had a vet 3 times to look at it and we have ruled out a corneal scratch, inflammation / infection and there is nothing stuck inside of his eyelids. My vet doesn't seem to know what it could be but did say to me that it could be a tumor either malignant or non malignant. He suggested that the eye could be removed.

I am not sure what I want to do at this point until I am sure that it is cancer. I also don't want my bird to be in pain. Have you got any recommendations for me. My vet has not mentioned glaucoma to me, this visit, but I was wondering if it could be that and that is why he keeps his eye shut.(MY bird) I am almost sure that the vet said to me that birds do not get glaucoma. Is this true. Please answer me so that I can get another opinion. Thank You

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Jan 05, 2012
Similar problem
by: Aleksandra

I found my 11 year old cockatiel with her eye swollen and shut two weeks ago. I immediately took her to a doctor (who is an avian vet) who examined my bird thoroughly but could not diagnose anything for sure. She did mention it could be glaucoma. She prescribed Meloxicam (for pain), Tobramycin, and Flurbiprofen (both eye drops). All to be given twice a day. We went back 10 days later for a recheck exam. The doctor said although the bird seems to be opening the eye more, it actually looks worse! She said it might be a cataract, but not sure, even mentioned the eye might have to be removed, and referred me to an animal eye specialist. She also prescribed another anti-inflammatory medication (oral), in addition to the other three meds. We are scheduled to see the eye doctor this Saturday, but I'm feeling like all these visits and meds are stressing my bird more. She seems to be doing alright otherwise, eats ok, preens, flies from her cage to her kitchen area. Please advise!!!

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Jan 04, 2012
Cataracts in Cockatiels
by: Anonymous

My cockatiel just turned 12 years old. I noticed that she started to close one of her eyes. I took her to the vet (one that cares for birds) and was told after examination that she has a cataract in that eye. The vet showed me what it looks like. It was a gray dot in the eye, the other eye was clear. Prognosis, eventually will be blind in that eye, may already be. They don't recommend surgery because cockatiels are still considered small birds. From what I have read, birds with cataracts especially Cockatiels do very well. Years of familiarity in their cages/surroundings get them by and of course some help from their owners.

Oct 15, 2011
possible cataract in bird's eye
by: Tracie

I need more information for Dr B. Did you take your bird to an avian vet, or a dog/cat vet? You did not mention cataract, it could be a cataract. Dog/cat vet do not have enough small bird experience or training to help sick birds. In fact, they often kill well birds just examining them or drawing blood.

Please Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird, or another avian vet for a second opinion if you took your bird to an avian vet.

An avian vet should NOT say they "think" it could be cancer and take out an eye "just in case."

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