September 2007 Issue

Diagnosis: Conjunctivitis

Most cats will experience this inflammatory eye condition at some point in their lives. Here are the signs to look for.

Your catís eyes, like yours, are delicate structures made up of various components óthe cornea, pupil, iris, lens, retina and so forth ó each of which plays a role in enabling the animalís keen vision. While the feline eye is generally sturdy and resistant to injuries and disease, a wide variety of disorders, such as glaucoma and cataracts, can impair a catís vision and even, in some cases, lead to blindness. According to Thomas Kern, DVM, an associate professor of ophthalmology at Cornell Universityís College of Veterinary Medicine, the most common of all feline eye disorders is conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the thin mucous membrane (conjunctiva) that lines the inner surface of the eyelids and coats the outer surface of the eyeball.

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