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Well on my younger doe ((about 9 months old now maybe slightly off)) Ive noticed that she sways her head a little when looking around. But ive heard this is normal in red eye rats and help them percieve distance. The thing is One of her eyes seems cloudy and most of the time she doesnt seem to see my hand if i wave it past that eye. Ive tried waving in front of both and with the non cloudy eye she iimediatly goes to it and investigates. I am thinking of taking her with me next time i take the dog to the vet in a few months time. Will she need to go earlier ? Any ideas what wrong or if i can help ??
 

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I think it might be preferable to get that eye looked at sooner rather than later. Cloudiness can be an indicator of anything from infection to glaucoma, or catoracts. Unfortunately, you're not going get a diagnosis (a proper one) without seeing your vet.

Regardless, eye problems in our little furballs is nothing to take lightly. Especially as if it is infection (or even glaucoma) it is possible to effect both eyes. Infection can be transferred easily from one eye to the other - from your rat cleaning herself or one of your other rat grooming her.

Have you noticed any excess discharge? Smell? Watery sheen to the eye? Here are some useful links;

http://ratguide.com/health/eyes/cataracts.php

http://ratguide.com/health/eyes/glaucoma.php

Good luck!
 

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I think it might be preferable to get that eye looked at sooner rather than later. Cloudiness can be an indicator of anything from infection to glaucoma, or catoracts. Unfortunately, you're not going get a diagnosis (a proper one) without seeing your vet.

Regardless, eye problems in our little furballs is nothing to take lightly. Especially as if it is infection (or even glaucoma) it is possible to effect both eyes. Infection can be transferred easily from one eye to the other - from your rat cleaning herself or one of your other rat grooming her.

Have you noticed any excess discharge? Smell? Watery sheen to the eye? Here are some useful links;

http://ratguide.com/health/eyes/cataracts.php

http://ratguide.com/health/eyes/glaucoma.php

Good luck!

From those links it looks like it may be a cataract. As far as noticing any other symptoms She appears healthy otherwise. No discharge , no extra sheen. Should i seperate her from my other rat untill i can get her to a vet ? and would a commercial eye gel help atall ?
 

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If you think it's a catoract, then chances are there aren't really many 'treatments' that can improve her vision. You should however, as she is so young, find out what's causing it. Catoracts usually occur in much older rats, so the fact she is such a youngun says (to me anyway) that there's something 'not quite right' that's caused it. At the very least you should rule out any other problems - such as the original cause.

I wouldn't worry about seperating her from the others unless the eye is causing her any problems, or worrying at it. If, like you say, she seems healthy enough then it'll probably be better to keep her happy with the others.
 
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