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Eye Injuries

Eye Trauma

Eye injuries can be caused by conflict with another flock member, self-inflected from sharp toenails, exposure to sharp objects, or from heavy winds blowing sand or other abrasive material into your duck's eyes. Eye injuries need immediate attention to prevent the duck from losing it's eyesight.


Frequent squinting
Swelling of eye
Eye discharge
Eye redness
Tightly closed eyelids


  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Eye exam


Vetericyn® Plus Eye Wash
PetAlive Eye-Heal
Burts Bee Eye Wash Solution
OptixCare Eye Cleaning Wipes
PetAlive Eye-Heal
Doctor4Paws Tears Cleaning Wipes
MethodMethod Summary
Flush eye with sterile saline solution 2-3
After flushing, application of an antibiotic eye ointment


  • Minimize exposure to sharp and/or protruding objects within duck enclosures
  • Provide shelter that is large enough for all flock members to go inside during strong storm events, as high wind can increase the risk of sand and other substrate particles blowing in their eyes.
  • Do not allow large concentrations of dust to accumulate in the environment where ducks are kept. Dust regularly (however making sure that no ducks are present while your dusting or sweeping).
  • Be mindful when your mowing the lawn or when using landscaping tools that your ducks are not nearby.



Risk Factors

  • Overcrowding
  • Windy days
  • Mowing the lawn and use of landscaping equipment
  • High accumulations of dust