Corneal Laceration in Cats

Feline Corneal Lacerations

Lacerations or scratches of the cornea occur from trauma to the eye. The cornea is the thin clear covering of the eye. A common cause of cornea lacerations is a cat scratch.

Corneal lacerations or scratches are quite painful and require medical attention. The prognosis depends on the depth and severity of the laceration. Partial thickness lacerations have the best chance of recovering without complications, while perforating lacerations have a fair-to-guarded prognosis for recovery and maintaining vision.

What to Watch For

Diagnostic Tests of Corneal Laceration in Cats

To confirm the laceration, the animal must first be made comfortable so it will allow a thorough eye examination. This is accomplished by using local anesthetic drops on the eye. Extreme care must be taken when examining or treating an eye with a corneal laceration. Any excess pressure on the head, neck or eye can result in rupture of the eye. This worsens the prognosis for retention of vision and retention of the eye itself.

Treatment of Corneal Laceration in Cats

Depending upon the severity of the corneal laceration, referral to a veterinary ophthalmologist may be indicated.

Home Care and Prevention of Corneal Laceration in Cats

There is no home care for corneal laceration. If you suspect a corneal laceration do not allow the cat to rub or paw at the eye. Seek veterinary assistance immediately.

Most cats are sent home with an Elizabethan collar to prevent self-trauma to the eye. Administer all medications as prescribed by your veterinarian. Notify your veterinarian immediately if you experience problems medicating your pet.

Proper home care is crucial for a successful recovery. Frequent veterinary rechecks are important to make sure the eye is healing properly.Examine your cat’s eyes regularly and call your veterinarian if you note any pain or color change. Pay particular attention to your cat’s eyes if he has been involved in a fight with another cat or wild animal.