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Eye Defects (Congenital) in Cats



Treatment will depend on the specific type of eye abnormality that is affecting your cat. Depending on your veterinarian's experience with eye diseases, you may need further treatment with a trained veterinary ophthalmologist. Surgery can repair some congenital birth defects, and medicines can be used to mitigate the effects of some types of defects. Congenital keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), commonly known as dry eye, can often be medically treated with tear substitutes in combination with antibiotics. Other medicines called mydriatics may be used to increase vision when congenital cataracts are present in the center of your cat's eye lenses.


In cases of photoreceptor dysplasia, there is no medical treatment that will delay or prevent its progress, but cats with this condition generally do not suffer from any other physical abnormality and can learn to manage their environment very well, as long as they are able to depend on their environment being stable and safe.


Living and Management


Congenital KCS requires frequent checkups with a veterinarian to monitor tear production and the status of the external eye structures. Abnormalities such as congenital cataracts, PHTVL, and PHPV require checkups twice yearly to monitor progression.


In addition, since most congenital ocular anomalies are hereditary, you should not breed a cat that has been diagnosed with any of these disorders. 



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