Eyelash Disorders in Cats can affect different species of animals, such as dogs, horses, and cats. However, it is important to note that cats are shy animals that usually take cover when they start to feel bad and, many times, when we detect that something is happening, it is already quite advanced.

Eyelash Disorders in Cats Symptoms

What are Eyelash Disorders?

First, it is important to note that when we talk about entropion we must differentiate it from ectropion, which despite differing only by one letter, in practice, it is much more than that:

Entropion occurs when the upper or lower eyelid rolls or folds into the eye. Unlike ectropion, in which the direction is outward. The latter is very common in dogs such as the boxer, or the basset hound, where the solution is a small and quick suture and, being an aesthetic problem more than anything, it does not have as much urgency as in the case of entropion.

Symptoms of Eyelash Disorders in Cats

The rubbing of the eyelashes and the hairs on the cornea will cause an injury to the cornea if we do not treat it in time. We can go from a keratitis to a corneal ulcer if we do not act with speed. When we detect any of these or several symptoms, we must go to our veterinarian for a check-up and thus begin the treatment:

  • Inversion of one or both eyelids
  • Hair loss in the area of ​​contact with the cornea
  • Excessive tearing
  • Mucopurulent discharge from the eye
  • Hooked eyes
  • Photophobia (prefers darkness)
  • Vascularization of the cornea

Treatment of Eyelash Disorders in Cats

If we are facing a congenital or hereditary entropion in a small cat, the only thing we can do is protect the cornea with lubricants to avoid injuries and thus wait for the growth of the head to finish.

In the case of a secondary entropion, we can treat the other ocular problems that are present at the time and that for this reason entropion occurs. They can be conjunctivitis, keratitis, uveitis, etc. and solving the primary pathology will only return to normal.

The surgical solution is always present and in cases where it started as secondary and did not return to normal with treatment, it should also be considered. The technique is very simple and fast, it will depend on the veterinarian who takes the case to do it himself or perhaps you need a veterinary ophthalmologist to help you.