Cat With Eye Ulcer
cat with eye ulcer may have a cataract. Then, not every cat with
an eye ulcer has a cataract. Not all cataracts lead to surgery
Awareness for the symptoms of a cat cataract is the first step
to proper diagnosis. Understanding your options for a cat's eye
trauma is the first step to proper treatment.
Cataract problems are relatively rare in cats and are usually
related to complications from diabetes. Some breeds inherit a
tendency for developing cataracts:
Of those cats with eye ulcers that may cause
blindness, many are treated with surgery. If blindness does
result from an inoperable cataract, your feline should live a
safe life if she is kept indoors.
Her eyes are windows to her soul...
Its hard to think that something with such intense clarity could
cloud over in blindness.
It pays to catch the problem early. A long-term
cataract is denser and harder to remove with longer surgeries
tending to involve more
complications. As soon as you notice you cat with eye ulcer or cloudy cornea,
you should suspect problem and seek veterinary
Changes in your cat's eye clarity, increased opacity, cloudiness or a change in
pupil size indicate a real problem.
aging does change the look of the lens. The cells in the eye are
renewed just like skin cells. The difference is that the eye
fibers aren't sloughed off like skin cells. They remain in the eye
accumulating in the center. The center of the lens gets denser
resulting in a blue-gray appearance to the eye.
condition is called nuclear lenticular sclerosis and it does not
interfere with the vision. You can distinguish between nuclear
lenticular sclerosis and cataracts by examining the color.
Nuclear lenticular sclerosis looks blue-gray, while a cataract is
Diabetes is the most common cause of
cataracts in cats. The second most common cause is an
inflammatory disease, like uveitis.
You can readily recognize the signs of
uveitis: the eye color changes, the surface of the eye is
roughened and the pupil becomes smaller. This condition is painful
to your cat. He may squint, have watery eyes, and eyelid spasms.
The most common causes of uveitis are the
feline eye disorders: leukemia virus, feline infectious peritonitis,
toxoplasmosis, or feline immunodeficiency virus. Early treatment of
the disease can prevent a cataract or minimize the effect of an
Another cause of cataracts is an eye trauma.
If your cat's eye is punctured in a cat fight or other incident and
the outer layer of the lens is damaged, your veterinarian may talk
with you about removing the lens. This is because damaged lenses
tend to develop cancer in cats. Removing the lens negates the chance
How to recognize a problem
If your cat's eyes look cloudy, watery, squinty or just don't look
normal, it's time for a visit to your veterinarian. If uveitis is
suspected, your veterinarian might run tests for the underlying
causes and prescribe a medicated eye drop to bring the inflammation
If a cataract is formed or there has been eye trauma,
you will probably be referred to an eye specialist, a veterinary