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Swelling of the Optic Disk in the Retina of Cats




In order for treatment to be effective, the cause of inflammation must first be identified.


Treatment for papilledema will involve monitoring your cat closely, along with the administration of medication to treat any underlying cause of inflammation associated with the optic nerves.


Optic neuritis, or swelling of the optic disk, is considered a very serious condition that could be life threatening, and as such, great care must be taken to help your cat maintain proper health.


Living and Management


It is important to follow your veterinarian’s medical instructions precisely in relation to the administration of medication. Follow-up visits to monitor your cat’s response to therapy, as well as any change in condition, is essential. Some animals will respond well to treatment and regain their sight, while others will not. Depending on the outcome, blindness may be permanent.



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