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Eye scratch 2 days ago not healing much??

conureluv

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Ok, so long story short, my green cheek conure had a swelled eye when I got home from a movie 2 days ago. I was a little worried because part of it was bruised but assumed it would be better the next night. Next night, nothing really changed. He still tried to keep his eye shut and was rubbing it on perches, scratching it, etc. I let him rest for one more night and now ( the next day ) he can open it and keeps it open! It feels like a miracle until I got him out for his shower and it was closed again. I can’t tell if there’s more swelling than before, but should I get a vet visit some? My mom was a vet and she said if it’s not serious it should heal on its own. Here’s photos.
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He can still open his eye (and sometimes does) but prefers to keep it closed. My mom thinks it’s a cornea scratch because those can be sensitive to air on people as well.
 

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Here’s another photo that shows the swelling more.
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I agree it is probably a scratch or similar. If it were me, I would be getting a vet visit because I wouldn't want an infection to occur.
 

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It’s bed time for him and his eye is open.....this is confusing :confused:
 

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Well see how he does in the morning :) If he's not better tomorrow you can make a decision then. Everyone has a personal limit of when they want a professional involved for things that *may* resolve on their own. Mine is 48 hours.
 

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My mom was a vet and she said if it’s not serious it should heal on its own.
I won't argue with anyone's mom, especially a former vet, but I will point out the corollary is also true: if it is serious, it won't heal on its own.
 

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Poor baby! I really hope it's nothing too serious and that it heals quickly! I just wanted to add that I scratched my cornea one time, and even though I have a very high pain threshold, I have to say that it was incredibly painful. If you have the means, I would definitely take that little sweetie to the vet.
 

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So I’ve been studying him closely today and noticed something. Whenever he’s in his cage or stimulated (actively moving around, eating, etc) he has his eye open. When he’s relaxed (in the shower, out with his momma, etc) his eye is closed. The swelling hasn’t increased or decreased today, and I’m gonna schedule a vet visit.
 

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So I’ve been studying him closely today and noticed something. Whenever he’s in his cage or stimulated (actively moving around, eating, etc) he has his eye open. When he’s relaxed (in the shower, out with his momma, etc) his eye is closed. The swelling hasn’t increased or decreased today, and I’m gonna schedule a vet visit.
Good idea. The sooner you address a problem, the sooner it can be fixed and not develop into something difficult to treat. Likely just some eye ointment and hopefully the cornea isn't scratched.
 

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So I’ve been studying him closely today and noticed something. Whenever he’s in his cage or stimulated (actively moving around, eating, etc) he has his eye open. When he’s relaxed (in the shower, out with his momma, etc) his eye is closed. The swelling hasn’t increased or decreased today, and I’m gonna schedule a vet visit.
My guess would be that as a prey animal, pushing through any discomfort is necessary for survival
 

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So I’m scheduling his yearly wellness visit; would it be rude to ask about the eye then or should the eye problem be a separate visit?
 

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I think it should be fine to ask the vet, plus they generally ask about any specific questions u may have anyways
 

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So I’m scheduling his yearly wellness visit; would it be rude to ask about the eye then or should the eye problem be a separate visit?
If I have a specific concern at the time of the wellness check I let them know when I book the appointment in case they need to ready any particular supplies
 

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Well, my vet is over scheduled so the next time I can get him in is July. His eye is doing so much better today, so I’m not worried.
Ok!
 
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