Vets follow a standard routine for treating eye infections in cats.
You may be wondering what the causes of cat eye infection are. Well cats are naturally curious creatures so they shove their nose everywhere, as well as the rest of their face.
Conjunctivitisis the inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva and sclera. Theinfection can be cause by viruses, bacteria or fungi. Conjunctivitis isthe most common eye infection in cats, and the symptoms are:
Eye discharge is a typical symptom of an eye problem in your cat. It can range from clear and watery to yellow or green, and can vary in consistency from thin to thick and sticky. Your cat's eye may become very sensitive as indicated by tearing, tenderness to touch, and avoidance of light. Cats also have an extra eyelid at the inner corner of their eyes known as the third eyelid, or nictitating membrane. This membrane may protrude in response to pain or infection. The protrusion appears as a whitish or opaque film that moves over the surface of the eyeball. It can also occur in response to foreign bodies or irritants that lodge in the eye. If the eye becomes cloudy and loses its transparency, this usually indicates a corneal problem or an inner eye disorder. Changes in pupil size to constricted or dilated also may occur with deeper eye diseases. In some eye diseases, the eyelids may become inflamed, leading to swelling, crusting, itching, and hair loss on the eyelids. While feeding the cats. I noticed one of the older cats (around 10 years) had dirty eyes. It's not easy to see because I really cannot get really close to some of them, she is quite wild and because it's the end of winter they are still quite furry. It looked like a nasty eye infection.One of the more common eye diseases in cats is corneal ulceration, defined as a scratch or break in the cornea. This may occur secondary to trauma, infections, and less commonly as a result of an inner eye disease. Many viruses like feline herpes and upper respiratory symptoms may cause ulceration of the cornea. Symptoms of corneal ulceration include holding the eye closed, light sensitivity, redness, eye discharge, and sometimes clouding of the cornea in the area of the ulcer. Diagnosis is typically made after a veterinary exam, but sometimes placing a special fluorescein (orange) dye in the eye is needed to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment includes various topical antibiotics and other medication that may require application several times a day. In serious cases, or ones that do not respond to topical antibiotics, surgery involving eyelid flaps may be needed. Unless the cats are quite sick or hurt I try not to disturb them too much. I de-worm them regularly by putting medicine in the food but otherwise I don't do much. It's stressful to be trapped and hauled to the vet. They have food and water everyday and I maintain a which is fully occupied in winter. In this case the eye infection looked nasty and she is not as young as she was. I was worried that permanent damage would result in her going blind. I was not able to trap her for a few days.