|Purred: Thu Oct 2, '08 11:37am PST |
|Eye (Corneal) lacerations are painful and are a potentially vision-threatening condition.. Atropine ointment is standardly prescribed. (Atropine dilates the pupil and relieves pain from and spasm of the iris.)
Antibiotic eye ointment and an oral antibiotic course is usual too.
Until you can get to the vet (and I suggest you go sooner than later)
Take care that your cat doesn't rub at the eye or cause any extra trauma to it. If you wipe away any discharge use a clean moistened washcloth with warm water only and use extreme care when exerting any pressure on the cat's head. (Any excess pressure on the head, neck or eye can result in rupture of the eye. This worsens the prognosis for retention of vision and retention of the eye itself.)
Observe the eye for signs of worsening, especially cloudiness of the cornea, increased or altered ocular discharge, continued squinting or more obvious inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the delicate lining in the eyelids and covering part of the eyeball.
Do not apply any type of eye covering. The warm and dark atmosphere is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
It is important that your cat recieves veterinary care for this. It is important to determine the severity of the laceration.
Superficial injuries may be treated as I described above, but
lacerations that create flaps in the cornea or that involve the first 1/3 of the cornea may require surgery to trim these flaps and to clean the lesion. (Following such surgery, topical medications are then instituted. )
Lacerations that are deep in the cornea and injuries that have penetrated into the eye are considered emergencies.
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