Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea that can effect one or both eyes. Signs include: discharge, squinting, sensitivity of light, and the appearance of the third eyelid. You may find the cat pawing at her eye. This inflammation is very painful and if left untreated can cause the cat to suffer permanent loss of vision.

Keratitis can be the result of an entropian lesion (where the eyelid rolls inward and the lashes irritate the cornea) or a traumatic injury. Many infectious agents can also be the cause.

The cat should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. Treatment consists of a topical ointment to reduce pain and usually antibiotics as well.

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  1. Thank you for your insight on aging cats. I just lost my friend of 18 years to heart disease. The “hole” in my heart may never be filled. This precious cat was different from any other that I have had (or should I say had me). Anyone that thinks cats are aloof and not friendly, or are incapable of loving their human has never had a cat like my Bandit. He left this world at 9:00 am EDT on 6/28/09.

    He died in my wife’s lap while I was stroking and trying to give comfort.. My Buddy you will be missed!

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