Last Updated on July 18, 2022 by Ali Shahid
A lovebird does not create very many problems for its owners or keepers during its lifetime, since they rarely create any problems themselves. As a breed, they make good parents and are capable of breeding quite well under all conditions within a very short period.
As a bird keeper, you may face one of the greatest problems: lovebirds’ eye infection. It is very common for a new lovebird to get infected after it has been brought home from the store after just a few days of being purchased.
In the case of your lovebirds, this could cause them to lose their lives as well as give the bird keeper a lot of headaches. Several problems related to eye infections are described as lovebirds’ eye infections.
There is a condition known as conjunctivitis that causes swelling and inflammation in the eyes. The infection may be confined to the eye, which is often caused by bacteria, but it may also be indicative of a much broader respiratory infection.
It is known that inflammation of the inner structures of the eye is called uveitis, and it often implies a generalized disorder and may be a sign of both. An eye that has been affected by inflammation that goes untreated may eventually become cataractous.
All these problems are related to lovebirds’ eye infections. Furthermore, there are also some viruses and bacteria that can cause lovebirds to have infections in their eyes in addition to their bodies.
As part of this article, we will discuss all aspects of bird’s eye infection so make sure to read the entire article to get a complete understanding of the subject.
Lovebirds Eye Infection Symptoms
The most common form of eye disease in birds is conjunctivitis, which is caused by bacteria and may cause their eyelids to swell and become red, and this condition may lead to photosensitivity (avoidance of light) in lovebirds.
It is also important to know that conjunctivitis can be a symptom of a variety of other serious health conditions, such as respiratory infections. A condition that causes inflammation in the inside parts of the eye is uveitis.
Nonetheless, it is often accompanied by other internal diseases in birds. To prevent cataracts from forming, this disorder must be treated as soon as possible.
The lovebird’s eye develops cataracts if it lacks vitamin E, suffers from encephalomyelitis, or is continuously exposed to artificial light. There is a type of eye disorder known as Marek’s disease that is caused by a viral infection that leads to inflammation of the eye.
Patients may experience irregularly shaped pupils, iris problems, permanent vision loss, and even cancer as a result of this medical condition. As a result of vaccination, this type of eye disorder can be prevented from occurring in the future.
It is important to note, however, that an already infected bird cannot be cured of the disease. Approximately 5% of birds across the world have avian pox, which is a viral infection that causes an eye disorder.
It causes swelling of the eyelids and blister-like formations on the surface of the eye, as well as partial or total blindness. After the infection has been treated, the vision usually returns since the infection does not affect the eyeball.
infections (such as salmonella) can cause many types of eye disorders (e.g., glaucoma). These specific bacteria can cause both conjunctivitis and ophthalmitis, which are inflammations of the conjunctiva and eyeball with pus, which can lead to blindness in some cases.
The salmonella bacteria are contagious and can spread from one parent to another, or even genetically from egg yolk to your bird if it is contagious.
Lovebird eye disorders can also be caused by fungus infections of the eyes, which are generally caused by moldy feed which is ingested by birds.
Many fungi infect birds and one of them is Aspergillus, which is a fungus that affects their respiratory system, their brain, and even their eyes. Yellow plaques will appear under the eyelid of an infected eye.
In addition to causing inflammation in the eye, this infection can permanently damage the eye if left untreated. Lovebirds can also suffer from eye disorders because of vitamin deficiency.
As an example, a deficiency of vitamin E in the parent of a chick may lead to the chick being born blind after birth. In addition, vitamin A plays a key role in maintaining the pigmentation of the eye and preventing excessive tearing.
Providing your lovebird with a commercial feed will prevent the onset of such deficiencies in the future.
Lovebirds Eye Infection Treatment
Make sure to get your lovebird checked by the veterinarian if it shows signs of discomfort or symptoms of an eye disorder — such as closing its eyes, swelling, becoming red, discharging something, or blinking more than normal.
A combination of antibiotic eye drops, and other medications can help treat eye disorders in their early stages.
Home remedies for lovebird’s eye infection
For birds with eye infections, salt water, or saline, is a popular home remedy that has been proven to be very effective. The properties of saline are similar to those of teardrops, which is a natural means of cleansing your eyes.
The properties of salt make it a good antimicrobial agent as well. In light of this, it can only be assumed that saline can be effective at treating eye infections.
Prevention Depending on the symptoms the bird shows, certain types of eye disorders may be prevented by taking the necessary steps.
Even so, if the bird is treated promptly, the bird will be able to avoid suffering as well as suffering permanent damage to its eye.
Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.