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Full spectrum lighting: safe for red eyes?

I have heard that birds with red eyes have poorer vision and sensitive eyes. Is full spectrum lighting okay for them? My budgie is albino. Since she is a female and at risk for egg binding, I bought her a full spectrum light and timer to come on for 45 mins a day (read online that was appropriate for her size), but I can't find anything about safety for red eyes. Any info you have would be helpful.

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I can imagine that 45 mins would be fine. I have albino and lutino birds who live outside in natural light and they have no issues what so ever
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I've never really thought about this before... That would be interesting to hear if there would be an issue with that.

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Yes me to on the red eyes. Hmm would be interesting to know?
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Albinos are generally extremely sensitive to ANY light. Even the normal lights in your house can hurt their eyes. It's generally advised to keep Albino animals in an area where they don't have direct light on them or they have a spot where they can "hide" from the light.
Not sure how this applies to Birds though as this advice I've only ever heard in terms of Rabbits, other Rodents, etc.
Maybe ask your Vet before you use the full-spectrum lighting at all.

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There are mixed feelings on Full Spectrum Lighting.
There is also a lot of confusion over what ones to use.
While I have No Doubt, all birds need good light, for many reasons. I worry about high intensity bulbs, and feel low energy ones may not be good enough.
I have read that there seems to be an increase in eye cataracts in recent times and it could be indicative of the use of F.S.L.
The other trouble is that when talking to a supplier they will tell you these are what you need! But this may not be the case.
If I have confused you, I am sorry.
Scott Echols did discuss lighting or sunlight on his Nutrition for pets Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/139357782824396/ This is the link to his page, but you will have to search for the item. Sorry I am not a facebook person and struggle to find my way around.

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If they are getting good light and diet, they should do all right without adding extra lighting.
But this all changes if you live in places where you do not get intense light or your bird room is away from direct sunlight.

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I have a lutino red rump (with the red eyes) and she has been living with a Featherbrite lamp in her cage for years with no problem. You want to make sure the bulb is for birds and not for reptiles, of course.

I will also say that my birds have places they can go in their cages where they can "hide" from the light if they want to. All my birds are free to leave their cages and have many options for perching in their rooms. So, although the full spectrum bird light on top of the cage is "on" all day, they have a choice whether they want to sit under it or not.

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