Regarding your cat’s eyes as the apple of your eye may be one of the finest things you ever do for his/ her health. A good quality home eye exam just before a grooming session can clue you into any tearing, cloudiness, crust or inflammation that may point toward a health problem. Following are few trouble-free tips to keep your feline’s eyes bright, gleaming and healthy.
Examine your cat in a brilliantly lit area and look directly into his/her eyes. They should be lucid and vivid; also the region around the eyeball should be white. The pupils should be equal in size.
Gently roll down your cat’s eyelid with your thumb and take a good look at the lid’s lining. It should be pink--not white or red.
There is something wrong with your cat’s eyes if there is watering, discharge, white or red eyelid linings, crusty substance in the corners of the eye tear-stained fur, change in eye color, cloudiness, or a visible third eyelid.
Body language will also clue you in to the possibility of eye distress. If your kitty is frequently pawing at his/her eye area or squinting; it’s time for an in depth inspection. If you discover any of the above warning signs, you should call your veterinarian right away
Wipe away any crusty substance from your cat’s eyes with a moist cotton ball. Always, always wipe away from the corner of the eye, and always, always use a fresh cotton ball for each eye. Carefully trim away any long hairs that could be hindering his/her vision or jabbing his/her eyes. Do not use eye drops or eye washes unless they’ve been prescribed by your veterinarian. If you notice abnormal discharge during your grooming session, see your veterinarian...
Commonly eye-related disorders in cats are Conjunctivitis where one or both of your feline’s eyes will appear red and swollen, and there may also be a discharge. Another common disorder is Third Eyelid Protrusion.: If the third eyelid becomes visible or crosses your cat’s eye, she/he may have a wound or may be suffering from diarrhea, worms or a virus. Keratitis is another possibility. : If your cat’s cornea becomes inflamed, the eye will look watery and cloudy. It could also be Cataracts. This opacity on the eye is often seen in diabetic and elderly cats. Glaucoma is also a common disease: The cornea becomes cloudy and the eye enlarges because of an increased pressure in the eyeball. There is Bulging eye too: Bulging can take place because of accident or trauma or an eye tumor. Another commonly occurring disease is Retinal disease: Partial or total vision loss can come about when light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye deteriorate.
Another frequent disorder is Watery eyes: The fur around your feline’s eyes may be stained with tears due to blocked tear ducts or an overproduction of tears.
A lot of feline eye disorders can be treated with vet-prescribed drops or ointments-your vet will show you how to properly apply eye drops at home.
The best way to prevent eye conditions is to make certain your cat gets all his/her vaccinations and has detailed check-ups. Please inspect her/her eyes on a regular basis and discuss abnormalities with a veterinarian... Eye conditions left untreated can lead to impaired sight or even blindness.