Glaucoma in cats: definition, cause and treatment

It is a very serious disease as, if not recognized in time, it can cause progressive vision loss. Here’s what you need to know about glaucoma in cats.

Glaucoma can be defined as the excessive accumulation of aqueous humor in the eye accompanied by the progressive increase in ocular pressure. High eye pressure causes degeneration of the retina and optic nerve and therefore can cause blindness or partial loss of vision.

healthy eye works by following a balanced mechanism of moistening and drainage; glaucoma occurs when the drainage channels become obstructed, causing a blockage in the intraocular fluid circulation system and consequently aqueous humor accumulates leading to the above.

Glaucoma in cats what you need to know

There are some breeds of cats that are particularly prone to this disease, namely the Persian, the Burmese and the Siamese, but even the elderly cat can suffer from this disease. Glaucoma in cats can be primary or secondary. So if you see that your kitty has a dullbluish or whitish eye and a very dilated pupil you will need to have it examined by a veterinarian.

Other warning signs of glaucoma are: headache (you cannot easily touch the head and the part near the eyes), sensitivity of the eyes and the ocular region, vomiting and nauseastrange walking and disorientation, aggressive / aggressive reactions with the owner and / or other animals.

Treatment of glaucoma in cats

The vet will prescribe eye drops for the cat suffering from glaucoma to restore the ocular drainage system and balance the concentration of aqueous humor and anti- inflammatory or analgesics to relieve headaches and ocular hypersensitivity (here ‘s how to administer drugs to the cat without major problems).

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