Cockatiel Eye Problem
(Hoffman estates, IL)
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!!!