cloudy eye in cats

Cloudy Eye in Cats

Overview of the Feline Cloudy Eye

A cloudy eye or increased opacity of the eye is associated with reduced transparency of either the cornea, the fluid media within the eye, or the lens. This change may be described as a “film” covering the cat’s eye or as an increased cloudy “whiteness” to the cat’s eye. Cloudiness of the eye may or may not be associated with a reduction in vision.

The causes of a cloudy eye in cats typically fall into one of the following categories:

What to Watch For

Diagnosis of Cloudy Eye in Cats

Diagnostic tests are essential in determining the precise cause of the cloudy eye. Tests may include:

Treatment of Cloudy Eye in Cats

Successful treatment depends on obtaining an accurate diagnosis as to what tissue of the eye is cloudy and what is the underlying cause of the problem.

Home Care

Optimal treatment for your cat requires a combination of home and professional veterinary care. Follow-up examinations can be critical to your cat’s health. Also, do not delay in bringing your cat to the hospital for initial examination as some causes of a cloudy eye may result in a loss of vision within a very short period of time.

In addition, do the following:

In-depth Information on Cloudy Eyes in Cats

Numerous changes in the cornea of the eye may result in cloudiness, including:

It is essential that a specific cause be identified in order to initiate appropriate therapy. In general, opacities of the eye that develop suddenly, reduce vision, and/or cause pain (rubbing eye, squinting) are inherently more serious and necessitate immediate medical attention.

Diagnosis In-depth

The following diagnostic tests are essential in helping to diagnose and treat your pet’s ocular disease:

Treatment In-depth

Therapy in cats is dependent upon the underlying cause (diagnosis).