FELINE OPHTHALMOLOGY: EYE DISORDERS OF THE CAT
DR, DEBORAH Y STRAUSS D.V.M.
Feline Ophthalmology is a specialty with in feline medicine that is classified into a sub category from all other diseases that the Feline species is afflicted with. The Feline clinician that you are seeing must have special training, along with a vast knowledge of this subject matter, in order for your cat to receive the proper treatment. Dr. Deborah Y. Strauss D.V.M. has this very special experience in feline medicine and feline ophthalmology that your cat needs, and deserves. Dr. Deborah Strauss D.V.M. has worked specifically with the feline species since 1998. The cat is one of the greatest loves of Dr. Strauss D.V.M. The following is an overview of the normal feline ophthalmic anatomy, the major diseases of the eye that the cat can suffer from, and the contact information for Deborah Y. Strauss.
Deborah Strauss wants to fully emphasize that the eyeball is a complicated organ. There are many diseases of the feline eye that can take over six months to treat. Some diseases of the feline eye can only be controlled, in an effort to prevent the disease does from spreading, in order to preserve the remaining vision of the eye, or eyes. Every owner must be patient when treating diseases of the feline eye; it takes time and sometimes extremely labor intensive therapy by the owner. Some of the most common feline ophthalmic disorder can include: Conjunctivitis, Feline Herpes Virus Infection, Eosinophilic Keratitis and Conjunctivitis, Non – Healing Corneal Ulcerations, Corneal Sequestrum, Upper Eyelid Agenesis, Eyelid Tumors, Apocrine Hidrocystomas in the Persian Cat, Anterior Uveitis, Cataracts, Lens Luxation, Aqueous Misdirection/Malignant Glaucoma, Glaucoma, Retinal Degeneration, Feline Central Retinal Degeneration, Hypertensive Retinopathy, Iris Melanoma, Lymphosarcoma, Multiple Myeloma, Post Traumatic Ocular Sarcoma, Entropion, Corneal Abrasions due to Entropion, Corneal Ulcers, and others.
THE NORMAL ANATOMY AND STRUCTURE OF THE FELINE EYE
The cat eye as visible to the owner:
Diagram of superficial anatomy of the feline eye:
Internal structures and surrounding tissue, of the feline eye:
Cross section view of the internal structure of the feline eye:
Diagram of the various metabolic diseases that can cause eye issues is the cat:
The next image is what normal cats’ eyes should look like. Any change in the following image could be a sign of a serious ophthalmic process that could be affecting the eye of your cat. Any eye change is an ophthalmic emergency, and needs to be treated by a veterinarian immediately in order to preserve vision.
IMAGES OF OPHTHALMIC DISORDER
A slide show is attached here in order for the public to view images of the appearance of the diseased feline eye:
ABOUT: DR. DEBORAH Y. STRAUSS D.V.M.
Dr. Deborah Strauss D.V.M. has been a fully licensed veterinarian since she graduated from Iowa State University School of Veterinarian Medicine in 1998. Dr. Strauss’s practice consist of approximately 75% cats, this is very unusual for most veterinary practices. Most veterinary practices see primarily dogs. Deborah Strauss also holds a degree in Fine Art from Cornell College. Deborah is also a profession artist and works primarily in Fine Art Illustration and Fine Art Photography, another love of her life. Debbie’s Fine Art web site is deborahystraussart.com.
Dr. Deborah Y. Strauss D.V.M. can be contacted at 319/521-1099. Please feel free to contact Dr. Strauss if you need to make an appointment, or have any questions concerning Feline Ophthalmology, contact during business hours.