Cat Cataracts

"Cat cataracts is a condition where the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. The condition is treated with surgery which has a 90% success rate."

Feline cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy making it difficult for your pet to see. As the cataract condition worsens it blocks light from reaching the retina causing vision loss.

The condition can appear in one or both eyes and can start in a small area and then get worse. The condition tends to worsen faster in younger cats than older.

Picture of Eye with Canine Cataracts

dog eye cataracts picture

Causes of Feline Cataracts

There are many causes of feline cataracts including:

* Hereditary
* Diabetes
* Uveitis* Retinal degeneration (PRA)* Glaucoma
* Chemicals
* Radiation
* Electricity* Eye trauma or injury

Treatment of Cataracts in Cats

Surgery is the only form of treatment available. The operation has a good history of restoring sight with cats between the ages of 3 and 18 and has a 90% chance of success.

In the operation the cloudy lens is removed and a synthetic lens is put in its place.

Before you decide on the surgery understand that you will need to administer eyedrops multiple times a day before the operation. Eyedrops continue for 6 weeks after surgery. Your cat will need to wear an e-collar to keep your cat from touching the eyes.

Follow-up office visits will be scheduled the day after surgery, then at 1 week, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 4 months and 1 year.


John S. Sapienza, DVM, Diplomate
American College Of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists


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