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Corneal ulcer - Sore eye

Meet Rosie who recently decided to start a fight with some chickens! Rosie came off worse for wear when a piece of hay became embedded in her eye causing an ulcer.


Rosie had a dye called fluorescein placed into her eye the dye sticks to the damaged areas of the eye and shows how far the corneal ulcer extends, by highlighting luminous green under a florescent blue light.


Cats have better night vision than us humans but the basic structure is much the same. Because the eye is a very complex structure and very sensitive, all eye problems require immediate veterinary attention. A corneal ulcer is a hole in the clear covering of the front of the eyeball (the cornea). Sometimes only the top layer of the cornea is affected but the damage may go deeper and be more difficult to treat. Ulcers can be very painful and may cause your cat to hide or become unusually aggressive. The affected eye is usually very watery unless the ulcer is caused by a lack of tears. Your cat may blink frequently and the membranes around the eye may appear red and inflamed. Sometimes the third eyelid (a protective membrane under the main eyelids) will cover the surface of the eye when the eye is open


Rosie will be closely monitored to make sure the ulcer shrinks over the next few weeks and will have to have eye drops three times daily and pain relief.

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