Excess Blood Cells in the Eye in Cats
Hypopyon requires aggressive treatment for the uveitis and its underlying cause. Outpatient treatment is generally adequate, but you will need to be aware that there is still a significant chance that your cat will lose its sight. Lipid flare requires treatment for the uveitis, which is usually mild, and any underlying metabolic disorders. If your cat is diagnosed with hyperlipidemia, you will need to change the cat's diet to one that is lower in fat and calories, in order to decrease the amount of fat in the bloodstream. Outpatient treatment, with anti-inflammatory drugs prescribed for home administration, is generally adequate.
Living and Management
Your veterinarian will schedule a check-up for two to three days after the initial treatment. Intraocular (within the eyes) pressure should be monitored to detect secondary glaucoma. The frequency of subsequent rechecks will be dictated by the severity of the disease and your cat's individual response to treatment.
The expected prognosis may depend heavily on what the underlying condition is behind the eye condition. For example, with hypopyon, the prognosis is guarded depending on the underlying disease and response to treatment. With lipid flare, the prognosis is usually good. It generally responds quickly (within 24–72 hours) to moderate anti-inflammatory therapy. However, keep in mind that recurrence and the need for further treatment is possible with lipid flare.
Anything having to do with the eye
A term for a type of neoplasm that is made up of lymphoid tissue; these masses are usually malignant in nature
Anything having to do with the eye or care of the eye
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
A medical condition in which the uvea becomes inflamed.
A medical condition in which there is a great deal of fat in the blood
Occurs after eating
A condition of the blood in which the fat levels are high
Term used to refer to the liquid that gives nourishment to the structures inside the rear segment of an animal's eye.
Veterinary term used to indicate the space behind the cornea of the eye and in front of the iris; contains liquid.
A condition of an animal involving involuntary spasms of the eyelid.
The collection of fluid in the tissue
In veterinary terms, used to refer to the front of the body.
A disorder that has resulted from intraocular pressure
The colored layer around the pupil
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