Diseases of the Eye in Rabbits


Kim Chilson


 Differential diagnosis

Corneal ulcers in rabbits

Differential diagnosis for a runny eye in rabbits

Protruding nictitating membrane (third eyelid)



White eye discharge ? 


Color of the eyes

Domestic Rabbit Eye Colors, by Robert Reiswig

Heterochromia of the iris in rabbits belonging to the Dutch breed, by Kimberly Butler, Beth DeGeorge, Gabriela Dunn, Julie VanGyzen, Michel Gruaz, Arie van Praag and Esther van Praag


Eye diseases

Clinical cases, by D.L. Williams, DVM

Rabbit and rodent ophtalmology, by D.L. Williams, DVM


Bacterial infections

Video: Vetstoria – Conjunctivitis in a young rabbit


Eye lens related disorders

Cataract in rabbits 

Congenital or juvenile cataract in a rabbit

Case report, Toffik presenting eye bilateral lesions and nasal crusts, by Magdalena Stasiowska, DVM


Eye gland related disorders

Meibomian cyst or growth of a white nodule on the rabbit eyelid

Prolapse of the Harderian gland or “cherry eye”


Corneal related disorders

Corneal abrasion and ulcers

Corneal occlusion or pseudopterygium

Corneal lipidosis or dystrophy in rabbits

Lipid keratopathy in a rabbit, by Michel Gruaz and Esther van Praag

Anterior corneal dystrophy of american dutch belted rabbits: biomicroscopic and histopathologic findings, by C.P. Moorer, R. Dubielzigan D.S. and S.M. Glaza

Spontaneous pre-Descemet’s membrane corneal opacities in rabbits, by G. Durand-Cavagna, M-F. Hubert, G. Gerin, and S. Molon-Noblot

Thanks to Kim Chilson, for her lovely illustrations




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