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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-07-2007, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Is my rat blind?

I have a three year old rat and just recently her eyes have gone all foggy white. I've read that when rats are blind they are rather timid and unstable, but Nike climbs all over the outside of her cage and up the brick walls around the fireplace, and does all kind of things I wouldn't think a blind rat would do. She also doesn't blink one of her eyes very much and its always dilated. Other then her new foggy eyes she is still as energetic as ever, although her fur is thinning.
Just wondering if i should be concerned or if its just part of her aging process.
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Hmm I don't know..but someone that will know will come around soon!

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She might be getting cataracts since she older.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-08-2007, 01:52 AM
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yeah i'd think cataracts due to her age, vet trip!

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i agree...cateracts...there will most likely be nothing you can do....but talk with a vet...but with anesthesia i doubt it at that age, just make sure the rat cant get hurt or fall into something...the cateract is still ok to the pt where she could somewhat see, but it might get worse and turn into blindness...best of luck


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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-10-2007, 11:07 AM
 
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she should see a vet, its most likely cateracts. Only a vet will know for sure.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-12-2007, 07:16 AM
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If the entire eye is foggy looking then it could be glaucoma or uveitis, or something else where the eye is drying out.
Cataracts are usually small to larger disks that cover the middle of the eye, and they are a sign of old age in this case. There's nothing you can do, but make sure your rat is comfortable in her setup since she is probably blind now. Rats adapt beautifully to not seeing as they never saw particularly well in the first place

Here's my beloved Lucky and her small cataracts...


Here's sweet old Sebastian (just recently passed at 38 mo) who had some serious issues with his eyes and I had to put polysporin for eyes ointment in his eyes every 2nd day so they wouldn't dry out.

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Her eyes might be drying out? Are they going to shrivel up or something? Ummm... so my rats eyes look like Lucky's eyes except it fills the whole eye when its totally dilated, so maybe its cataracts. Do their eyes dilate all the way because their trying to see better? I'm just afraid bright lights might seriously hurt her eyes when they're like that.
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Her eyes might be drying out? Are they going to shrivel up or something? Ummm... so my rats eyes look like Lucky's eyes except it fills the whole eye when its totally dilated, so maybe its cataracts. Do their eyes dilate all the way because their trying to see better? I'm just afraid bright lights might seriously hurt her eyes when they're like that.
The cloudiness dilates? A cataract is pretty fixed.

Here's some pics of Figures (actual histories with pics) from ratguide...
cataracts
Health Guide: Cataracts Figure 3
Health Guide: Cataracts Figure 2
Health Guide: Cataracts Figure 1

Glaucoma
Health Guide: Glaucoma Figure 1

And here are some eye condition links
Health Guide: Uveitis
Health Guide: Cataracts
Health Guide: Conjunctivitis
Health Guide: Glaucoma

If her eyes look to be drying out, then you should get eye ointment to smear over that eye.

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