A healthy pet’s eyes should be clear and bright, and the area around the eyeball white.
Common Symptoms of Illness
Common Eye Tests Used to Diagnose Eye Problems
Common Eye Conditions & Symptoms
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the membrane that covers both the inner lining of the eyelid and the white of the eye. It may be caused by allergies or by bacterial, fungal or viral infections. In fact, recurrent or chronic conjunctivitis in cats is often the result of herpes viral infections, which can return – again and again. It can be contagious, so keep an infected cat away from others.
Corneal Ulceration can occur when the surface of the cornea is scratched or damaged, either as the result of an injury or, more seriously, a bacterial or viral infection.
Watery Eyes If your pet’s eyes constantly “weep” or if the fur around them appears “stained,” he may suffer from this inherited defect, in which a malformation of the tear ducts blocks the normal flow of tears.
Cataracts & Glaucoma Like humans, cats and dogs can have these serious eye diseases. Cataracts, which cloud the lens inside the eye, can be seen in elderly cats. A thorough evaluation by your veterinarian is necessary as surgery is the only treatment. Glaucoma stems from too much pressure being exerted upon the eye’s interior due to a decrease in the amount of fluid draining from it.