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Have a cockatiel who won't open one eye

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Have a cockatiel who won't open one eye
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Ideally, an avian vet (please see here: should examine that eye closely including staining the cornea with fluoroscein in an attempt to identify a corneal abrasion or scratch. Pragmatically speaking, however, we're quite limited to how much we can do for a cockatiel's eye and usually will instill an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment such as Terramycin in case the eye is infected - a bacterial conjunctivitis, e.g. Terramycin can be found in many pet/feed stores or online such as here: I would instill a "dab" of ointment into the affected eye thrice daily for 10 consecutive days. Listen for sneezing and watch for nasal discharge. A closed eye can represent an upper respiratory infection in cockatiels and these should be attended to by an avian vet.

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