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Old 12-04-02, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is hyperopthalmia?

hyper -> super/scary
opthalmia -> eyeballs?

Can someone explain what hyperopthalmia means?

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Old 12-04-02, 08:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well Edwin I will be the first to say honestly I don't know!
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Old 12-04-02, 08:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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OH yeah and the Hyper=High when it comes to medically translating that word maybe Higheyeballs???
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I believe (someone correct me if I'm wrong) that it is a condition commonly found in some species of colubrids such as (leucistic texas rats) where the eyes protrude excessively, sort of bug out a bit
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Linds is right, it is enlargement of the eyeball, so that it protrudes. It is associated with several medical conditions and also is present is lines of leucistic texas rats.

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I've seen pics of some leucistic rats with really excessive buggy eyes... I think "scary eyeballs" is a good translation for them *L*

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oh ok, so my guess'wasnt far off the mark then... super scary eyeballs, lol

Does this mean that these ratsnakes have 'googly' eyes? Is this a health hazard?

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It's often a symptom of an underlying endocrine system problem, like thyroid disease or other glandular problems. Bloodwork interpreted by a qualified reptile vet is probably in order when hyperophtalmia is seen. Unfortunately, there arent' always normal blood levels known within species for good comparison values.
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