Cataracts in Cats

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Cataracts in CatsCataracts commonly occurs in animals and can strike pets of all ages. You will notice the cataract as a blue-gray tint in the cat's lens (the lens is normally dark and clear). The lens is contained in a sealed bag or capsule. As old cells die they become trapped within the capsule. Over time, the cells accumulate causing the lens to look cloudy or opaque. This makes the images that the cat sees blurred or fuzzy. A cataracts does not cause any pain but it will damage the cat's ability to see clearly at night and will eventually lead to nearsightedness (this is the opposite of how cat's normally see).

Cataracts usually occurs with age but may also be caused by metabolic disorders such as diabetes mellitus, inherited tendencies, or degenerative retinal diseases.

Symptoms to look for:

- Blue-gray tinted eye lens

Treatment:

A cataracts can be removed surgically by a veterinary ophthalmologist. This will improve the cat's vision.

Precautionary measures:

Most cataracts occur simply with age, however you can help prevent cataracts by keeping your cat indoors to reduce injury to the eye through fights. Also keep your cat healthy and make sure he/she has a proper diet. Cataracts and diabetes have been seen to be linked so keeping your cat healthy can be as good a prevention as any.

Medical and care advice on this article is for your knowledge and information only. It is not a substitute for a veterinary appointment or an actual diagnosis for your pet. If you feel your pet has a health or behavior problem please consult your veterinarian immediately for specific advice tailored to your individual pet.

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