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    My poor bun, Ernie, is having a rough week. He had some issues with a weeping eye, which improved briefly but then suddenly turned almost black in colour and started bulging (being a REW, his eyes are usually a very pale pink). We took him to the vet (Iain Cope's practice in Newmarket) and she had no idea what was wrong but discovered the pressure on both is eyes was really high. She prescribed some drops and decided to send him on a referral to a specialist clinic, so we went there today. After two further vets looking at him, they still aren't sure what's wrong, although they suspect glucoma (I'm not even sure what that entails) but also mentioned a possible tumour or something contagious. I take that to mean they really don't have a clue. He has to go back again tomorrow for an eye ultrasound and possibly some blood tests.

    The one thing the vet DID say, is that it is likely he will have to have his eye removed. Has anyone got experience with rabbits losing sight in one eye? How do they cope? The vet was a little worried that his other eye is also slightly inflammed too, although she said he can still see out of it. I can imagine a bun maybe learning to manage with one eye but if the worst happened and he lost sight in the other one . . . I don't know what I'd do. I'm a big believer in not putting animals through difficult situations for "human" reasons but that doesn't make the choices any easier.
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    Hi, no own experience, but over time I've read about some completly blind pet rabbits that cope pretty well - not so surprising for animals that normally spend a lot of time in burrows, so, good luck, and even if he loses one eye I think he'll cope with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa F View Post
    My poor bun, Ernie, is having a rough week. He had some issues with a weeping eye, which improved briefly but then suddenly turned almost black in colour and started bulging (being a REW, his eyes are usually a very pale pink). We took him to the vet (Iain Cope's practice in Newmarket) and she had no idea what was wrong but discovered the pressure on both is eyes was really high. She prescribed some drops and decided to send him on a referral to a specialist clinic, so we went there today. After two further vets looking at him, they still aren't sure what's wrong, although they suspect glucoma (I'm not even sure what that entails) but also mentioned a possible tumour or something contagious. I take that to mean they really don't have a clue. He has to go back again tomorrow for an eye ultrasound and possibly some blood tests.

    The one thing the vet DID say, is that it is likely he will have to have his eye removed. Has anyone got experience with rabbits losing sight in one eye? How do they cope? The vet was a little worried that his other eye is also slightly inflammed too, although she said he can still see out of it. I can imagine a bun maybe learning to manage with one eye but if the worst happened and he lost sight in the other one . . . I don't know what I'd do. I'm a big believer in not putting animals through difficult situations for "human" reasons but that doesn't make the choices any easier.
    Hello, long time no see.

    I am sorry to hear about Ernie's eye problems. Rabbits certainly can cope well with just one eye. I had a REW (Mr Bean) who developed cataracts and glaucoma secondary to EC. In the end topical treatment did not keep his intra-occular pressure under control so he had to have the eye removed. He came through the op' really well (despite being elderly and having a chronic respiratory tract problem and kidney damage from EC). He made a rapid recovery and immediately he was so much happier. He had not been able to see out of his eye at all for months, in the end all the eye did for him was give him constant pain. He was a different, much happier, Bunny afterwards.

    So in short, yes, a Rabbit can manage perfectly well with just one eye. Initially the surgery can look pretty gruesome. But IME healing is rapid and I do not for one second regret putting him through the op'.

    I have had some elderly Rabbits who eventually lost their eyesight. Although none had an eye removed, they were totally blind and yet they coped with their disability well.

    I think any decision on how far to push things with a Rabbit and invasive treatment/surgery has to be made on an individual case basis. What one Rabbit could cope with on a psychological level, may be too much for another Rabbit. The decision needs to be a 'holistic' one, not just a clinical one. Having a Vet that you trust to give you advice based on this premise is always a huge benefit.

    A few links to take a look at:

    http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/00d...comaRabbit.htm

    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Eye_dis...eases_main.htm

    https://www.harcourt-brown.co.uk/art...ion-in-the-eye

    http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/00M...ion_Rabbit.htm

    http://www.disabledrabbits.com/blindness.html

    Very best wishes for little Ernie xx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa F View Post
    My poor bun, Ernie, is having a rough week. He had some issues with a weeping eye, which improved briefly but then suddenly turned almost black in colour and started bulging (being a REW, his eyes are usually a very pale pink). We took him to the vet (Iain Cope's practice in Newmarket) and she had no idea what was wrong but discovered the pressure on both is eyes was really high. She prescribed some drops and decided to send him on a referral to a specialist clinic, so we went there today. After two further vets looking at him, they still aren't sure what's wrong, although they suspect glucoma (I'm not even sure what that entails) but also mentioned a possible tumour or something contagious. I take that to mean they really don't have a clue. He has to go back again tomorrow for an eye ultrasound and possibly some blood tests.

    The one thing the vet DID say, is that it is likely he will have to have his eye removed. Has anyone got experience with rabbits losing sight in one eye? How do they cope? The vet was a little worried that his other eye is also slightly inflammed too, although she said he can still see out of it. I can imagine a bun maybe learning to manage with one eye but if the worst happened and he lost sight in the other one . . . I don't know what I'd do. I'm a big believer in not putting animals through difficult situations for "human" reasons but that doesn't make the choices any easier.

    Hi Lisa, and sorry I didn't see your post last night

    Sorry to hear about Ernie. I'm reassured though that you have some good vets on his case

    As for glaucoma, there's a couple of members here who have lots of experience of that, and it might be worth you contacting them.

    There's Nickybunny1 (who just lost her beautiful Oliver) and also Fillygal. Fillygal hasn't posted in a while (I don't think) so you may wish to contact her by PM.

    There's some info that I always find useful here:

    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Eye_dis...eases_main.htm


    I have also had a rabbit who had en eye removed - due to an abscess, and also several blind rabbits. To be fair, I find rabbits cope extremely well with whatever disability life throws at them. Probably far better than we do, and they are an inspiration to me!

    I do understand your reasoning for putting animals through, or not, difficult situations. However, so long as I had an expert vet on my side, and a reasonable hope of a good recovery, I would go for it.

    Thinking of you xx

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    Hi guys, thanks for support and very helpful links!

    Ernie had his ultrasound this morning and the vets think there is a tumour in his eye now. They are still not 100% sure as his eye is so dark that they literally cannot see anything in it. He's booked in for surgery in the morning to have the eye removed, as it has to go regardless of cause, and they hope to know the definite cause after that. Currently they think his right eye is fine though, which will be a huge relief.

    Poor boy has been so brave. The vets keep telling me how good he is, putting up with all the poking and prodding with no fuss at all. Think both boys are throughly sick of all the vet trips now though. Poor Eric has been going along for moral support and has ended up being poked and prodded himself a bit as the vets have used his eyes for comparison.

    We've told Ernie that after tomorrow he can tell people he's a one-eyed pirate bunny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa F View Post
    Hi guys, thanks for support and very helpful links!

    Ernie had his ultrasound this morning and the vets think there is a tumour in his eye now. They are still not 100% sure as his eye is so dark that they literally cannot see anything in it. He's booked in for surgery in the morning to have the eye removed, as it has to go regardless of cause, and they hope to know the definite cause after that. Currently they think his right eye is fine though, which will be a huge relief.

    Poor boy has been so brave. The vets keep telling me how good he is, putting up with all the poking and prodding with no fuss at all. Think both boys are throughly sick of all the vet trips now though. Poor Eric has been going along for moral support and has ended up being poked and prodded himself a bit as the vets have used his eyes for comparison.

    We've told Ernie that after tomorrow he can tell people he's a one-eyed pirate bunny!
    I hope that Ernie's op' goes well tomorrow and that he will soon be on the road to recovery xx

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    Aww, I had a beautifully bun, Pirate Noodle - her eye was damaged when I rescued her & became ulcerated later so had it removed - she coped amazingly well. Loads of vibes for Ernies operation tomorrow.

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    Sending loads of vibes for Ernie's operation tomorrow. I hope it all goes welll and that he recovers quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa F View Post
    Hi guys, thanks for support and very helpful links!

    Ernie had his ultrasound this morning and the vets think there is a tumour in his eye now. They are still not 100% sure as his eye is so dark that they literally cannot see anything in it. He's booked in for surgery in the morning to have the eye removed, as it has to go regardless of cause, and they hope to know the definite cause after that. Currently they think his right eye is fine though, which will be a huge relief.

    Poor boy has been so brave. The vets keep telling me how good he is, putting up with all the poking and prodding with no fuss at all. Think both boys are throughly sick of all the vet trips now though. Poor Eric has been going along for moral support and has ended up being poked and prodded himself a bit as the vets have used his eyes for comparison.

    We've told Ernie that after tomorrow he can tell people he's a one-eyed pirate bunny!


    Aww you're welcome Lisa

    Good luck for the operation! I hope all goes swimmingly well

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    Yes, in short, they cope fine.

    I have a boarder with one eye, she bounces around completely normally and you wouldn't notice if it weren't for he fact she only has one eye

    My Noah is almost completely blind and people are shocked when they find out as he seems normal. Same with my headtilt boy Sweep, he only sees out of one eye due to headtilt and his eyesight is poor also.

    Best of luck for his op
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