March 2015 Issue

Telltale Signs: Squinting and Red Eyes

If untreated, corneal ulcers can develop serious complications, causing the permanent loss of sight

Other than the unlikely use of goggles, one of the best ways to protect your catís vision is to pay attention to his behavior. If heís squinting or rubbing his eyes, he could have a corneal ulcer. The painful condition is caused by an erosion of the layers of the cornea, the translucent outer covering of the eye. Yet another telling sign is a discharge from the eye. This can range from tearing to a thick secretion. An opaque white, yellow or blue coloration may also be noticeable. Eventually, the discoloration and a cloudiness of the cornea can prevent light from entering the eye and result in blindness.

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