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Cataracts are an opacification of the lens in the eye. The most common cause of cataracts in rabbits is the presence of E. cuniculi.


  • Cloudiness in the lens of the eye
  • Liquefied lens material leaking
  • Swelling or a white mass in the iris
  • Swelling in the uvea, the middle layer of the eye that provides most of the blood supply to the retina.


  • E. cuniculi is most common in dwarf breeds less than 2 years old, but can occur in any age or breed.
  • Spontaneous juvenile cataracts
  • Congenital and hereditary
  • Swelling in the uvea

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