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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have a 51 year old yellow-naped Amazon male parrot who has

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Hello ... I have a 51 year old yellow-naped Amazon male parrot who has something wrong with his eye. It seems that his nictitating membrane is swollen and reddish. I am guessing that this may be a result from him falling off from his perch about 5 feet and landing on tile floor ... not sure. It's only his left eye which seems to be bothering him. Otherwise, he is in very good health ... happy and healthy and certainly does not look his age.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You certainly may be correct but just the nictitating membrane being traumatized would be a curious finding. I would be concerned about a unilateral infection such as can be found with a mild case of poxvirus and other viral, chlamydial and other bacterial infections. We can discount fungal and eye worm infections in an older Amazon with no new exposure to other birds. Neoplasia in the form of a papilloma, hemangioma, or squamous cell carcinoma needs to be considered, however.

I'd be more comfortable knowing that an avian vet (please see here: took a look at this eye. Diagnosis involves cytology (microscopic exam of cells from the nictitans) and culture of the conjunctiva. Conjunctival biopsy or PCR (DNA-based testing) are also useful diagnostic tools. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Arturo,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Doro. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin