Cataracts are caused by a clouding of the lens of the eye that blocks or hinders vision. It can affect both dogs and cats, but it is more common in dogs. Cataracts in cats are easily recognised, diagnosed and treatable.
Cats with cataracts have clouded pupils that have a blueish or greyish haze to them. It may impair vision in one or in both eyes and it can range from a mild to moderate sight problems to complete blindness. It can come on very slowly or in some cases the progression can be very fast. Some distinctive signs of cataracts in cats are; abnormal ambulation, walking into walls, unsure footing, tripping over objects, not recognising people and misjudging distances. Cataracts in cats is usually a painless condition but it will ultimately lead to blindness if left untreated.
If you think that your cat may have cataracts you need to get it diagnosed buy your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will start by looking for the tell tale signs of cataracts in cats. This will include a measurement of the cat’s pupil size, the veterinarian will then talk to you about symptom’s you have noticed and will try to observe them. The veterinarian will check the “menace reflex” moving a hand toward the cat’s head, then stopping to see if the cat reacts. Another test done to detect cataracts in cats is to throw a ball onto the floor while watching to see if the cat follows the movement. Other tests that veterinarians use to diagnose cataracts in cats are the Schirmer tear test by putting fluorescein dye in the eye. This test is used to measure the moisture level of the eye, look for foreign bodies, and then determine if the cornea has been damaged. Ultrasonography’s are available for advanced evaluation of the retina and eye structures. Lastly blood tests will be done to rule out things such as feline immunodeficiency virus, feline infectious peritonitis, feline leukaemia virus.
Cataracts in cats sometimes improve by themselves and may not need to have treatment. If diagnosed early cataracts in cats can be treated with inflammatory eye drops. If it is caused by malnutrition it can be treated with supplements. The most effective treatment for cataracts in cats is surgical removal of the affected lens. There are surgical procedures that can be considered, and this surgery is performed by a specialised veterinary ophthalmologist. The goal of surgery is to restore the cat’s vision and prevent the common secondary sequellae of cataracts: uveitis, glaucoma and retinal detachment. The prognosis for surgery is better if it is done early in the course of cataract development. A veterinarian will want to be sure that the cat is systemically stable and healthy prior to surgery.Cataracts in cats are something that can be easily recognised, diagnosed and treated. If you think your cat may have cataracts you should take in your pet to its veterinarian as soon as possible.
There is also now a revolutionary new treatment for cataracts in cats called Ethos Bright Eyes Drops for Pets which involves a simple course of eye drops. You simply apply the eye drops, one drop into each eye that is being treated, hourly throughout the day. The full course of treatment is you use 6 boxes of eye drops over the space of 6 weeks and at the end of this time the cataracts should be gone. If it’s not possible to apply the eye drops every hour, they will still work exactly the same if you just apply them once or twice a day, but it will take proportionally longer to complete the recommended course of treatment of 6 boxes. If applying the drops twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, the complete course will then take roughly 6 months to complete. This option is a lot easier and less expensive than a cataracts operation and there are no adverse side-effects nor contraindications, only beneficial ones. You can order Bright Eyes Drops online without the need for a veterinarian’s prescription. You can then treat the cataracts in your cats eyes in the comfort of your own home with no fuss or bother.
Author: Peter Aldred