Cloudy eye in cats occurs when there is an increased opacity in the eye. It is often thought to be caused by the diminished transparency of the cornea or the fluid that is produced and drained in the eye, or the lens. The change in your cat’s eye or eyes looks like a screen of film that is covering the eye and causing it to look cloudy or white. It may not be a cause of reduced vision.
One of the most common causes for a cloudy eye in cats include;
- Corneal scarring
- Corneal infections
- Fatty infiltration inside of the cornea
- Corneal edema
- And infiltrative inflammatory diseases that are in the cornea
- It might also be caused by glaucoma in cats – which occurs when the aqueous humor in the cat’s eye has backed up and is causing pressure on the eye. This could also be caused by excess white blood cells, fatty lipids, blood, or protein.
- It could be a sign that cataracts are forming.
- It may be a disorder of the vitreous body – a gelatinous fluid that is between the retina and the lens. This is also able to cause hemorrhage and inflammation.
It is important that you know what the signs and symptoms are to look for. This will help you to recognize problems early on and help to treat it without them losing their vision or suffering any other serious problems. If you recognize any of these symptoms you should make an appointment with your vet.
- Physical changes in one or both eyes
- Squinting or pain in eyes
- Decrease in vision
- Discharge from one or both eyes
- Redness in one or both eyes