A cataract is the opacity that occurs in the lens of a cat’s eyes. The normal lens is supposed to be clear and able to transmit and focus light onto the retina that is located in the back of the eye. The cataract that is in lens will block the ability it has to transmit light to the retina.
There are many different reasons as to what causes cataracts. The most common is that it is genetically inherited or that it might be linked to some type of disease that the cat is suffering from. The majority of cataracts will develop after inflammation occurs in the eye due to trauma or other types of eye problems.
Unlike the type of cataracts that form in dogs – these are not a common process that occurs when they grow old. If you believe that your cat has a cataract than it is a sign that they have a deeper problem. It is important to have it treated immediately because the more severe it becomes the more your cat is at risk for blindness.
- Gray, white, or blue color change in the eye
- Vision loss
- Hesitant to use stairs or jump on or off things
- Not comfortable in unfamiliar environment
- Redness and inflammation
- Pain in eye
- Squinting of eye
- When the cataract is caused by inflammation inside of the eye then your vet will want to use anti-inflammatory medication and antibiotics to treat it.
- There is nothing that can be used to reverse the cataract.
- In order to treat the problem they must discover the underlying problem and treat it as fast they are able to.
- It is possible to remove the cataract through surgery. However, if it is being caused by inflammation it cannot be removed this way until the inflammation is reduced.