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Corneal Ulcers in Cats




Treatment will depend on the underlying cause. If the ulcers are deep or are growing, surgery (with hospitalization) may be required and activity will be restricted. Your veterinarian may also put a collar on the cat’s neck to keep it from clawing at its eyes. If the erosion or tumor are superficial, surgery will probably not be recommended. If the ulcer is deep, your veterinarian may take a cotton swab and remove loose layers of the cornea. Any corneal laceration requires immediate treatment and repair. An incision is sometimes made into the cornea for purposes of repairing it.

Antibiotics and other medications will be prescribed and are applied topically onto the eye, including those used to stimulate tear production. Inflammation and pain may be treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. In certain cases contact lenses may be inserted to reduce eyelid irritation; this can sometimes substitute for surgery.


Living and Management


Follow your veterinarian's instructions. Activity should be limited during the treatment and healing period. If the ulcer in the cornea is superficial, it should heal in about a week with proper care. If is more serious, it may require extensive treatment and/or surgery, in which case the cornea will need about two weeks to heal after the surgery.



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