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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My 4 year old parakeet appears to have gone blind recently.

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My 4 year old parakeet appears to have gone blind recently. He still chirps as usual, eats and drinks, and gets around his cage by climbing...doesn't hop from perch to perch like before. He used to enjoy being out of his cage, flying to his favorite spots around the house. Now he is terrified to be out of his cage, and just flutters to the floor. Are there illnesses that can cause this, or is it likely to just be his vision?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

To answer you directly, both primary ocular disorders and systemic illnesses which affect the eye can result in a lack of visual acuity. Here's a good article on avian ophthalmology for you: http://www.kruuse.com/da-dk/VidenOm/~/media/Files/ALL/Avian%20ophthalmology.ashx/ It's designed for vets but you'll get an idea of how many possible disorders exist for Kipper. Scroll down to "Ocular Diseases". An avian-oriented vet (please see here: www.aav.org) should take a look at Kipper. A thorough physical exam might reveal the etiology for Kipper's behavior. He might not be having trouble with sight at all but, instead, weakened by illness.

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