Cats’ normal vision is superior to humans, but they are also susceptible to many of the conditions that affect our vision.
- Cataracts (opacity of the lens),left untreated, can lead to glaucoma.
- Glaucoma (increased pressure within the eye) is one of the most prevalent causes of blindness in cats.
- Tumors Eye tumors include Iris Melanoma, tumors of the eyelid, and other types of tumors.
- PRA is an untreatable condition that is most likely inherited. It is slow-acting, but eventually results in total blindness.
- Injury to the eye is an emergency situation, and the cat needs to be seen immediately by a veterinarian.
- Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or reddening of the pink membrane that lines the eyelid, often causing “squinting eyes.” Herpesvirus (FHV-1) is often the source of conjunctivitis in cats’ eyes.
- Untreated Feline Hypertension often accompanies diabetes, hyperthroidism, and kidney disease, and cats with any of those conditions should be monitored closely by a veterinarian for evidence of hypertension.
- Sudden blindness is always considered a medical emergency, and the cat should be seen by a veterinarian without delay.