What are common eye problems?
If your cat’s eyes have a discharge or are squinting, inflamed, tearing, unequal in pupil size, or cloudy, visit a veterinarian. These symptoms could indicate a serious eye condition caused by the feline herpes virus (FHV-1).
Here are a few of the more common conditions:
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelids. Common among kittens, the signs include clear or mucus discharge from both eyes, along with respiratory infection symptoms, such as nasal discharge and oral ulcers. Adult cats tend to have discharge in only one eye, which may be accompanied by signs of a respiratory infection.
Keratitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the cornea, producing similar symptoms as conjunctivitis.
Other common eye problems in cats:
Cataracts turn the pupils white and the eyes cloudy, and can cause blindness. Removal of the cataract via surgery can restore sight in some cats.
Glaucoma is a condition that causes a fluid buildup, which increases eye pressure. This can lead to partial or total blindness. Medication or surgery can usually control this condition.