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Sep 04

Eye infections in cats

eye infection2Eye infections are quite a common occurrence in cats. There are a number of disorders that cause eye infections, which can affect one or both eyes. Eye infections are serious and should be seen to quickly by a vet as if left untreated they can result in blindness, which may be permanent, or even the loss of an eye.

What are the symptoms of eye infections in cats?

Symptoms may include: 

  • Redness and swelling may occur around the outer eyelid, the third eyelid or the conjunctiva.
  • Squinting
  • Discharge – which may be thick, thin or watery
  • Pain
  • Excessive tear production
  • Crusting over the eyelid, which may cause the eyelids to become glued shut
  • Photosensitivity (aversion to bright light)
  • Change in appearance of the eye (cloudy)

How to treat eye infections in cats

eye infection1Never use medications for humans on cats including eye drops. If you suspect your cat has an eye infection, veterinary attention should be sought.

Treatment will depend on the cause and/or the location of the infection. Treatment may include: 

  • Antibiotic ointment for bacterial eye infections
  • Anti-fungal medications for fungal infections
  • Topical anti-viral cream or drops if the cause is viral
  • Warm compress to relieve discomfort and remove pus

 

…  Anne