Chronic Eye Inflammation

Uveitis, an inflammation of the eye, must be managed long-term with medication.

Q. My cat is a farm cat. Her left eye has uveitis. The vet gave me a steroid cream to administer, and she gave my cat an injection. The problem is that I can’t get near the cat to put the cream on, and the injection only worked for a while. Does uveitis return? Is there anything else I can do?

A. Uveitis is inflammation in the eye, and although primary inflammation can occur, its generally associated with some underlying disease process. It can be limited to the area in front of the lens (anterior uveitis), the area in back of the lens (posterior uveitis) or affect the entire eye (panuveitis). Depending on the area affected, different underlying causes may be more likely. Five of the most common underlying causes of uveitis in cats are feline leukemia (FeLV), feline immunosuppressive virus (FIV), feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), toxoplasmosis or neoplasia. In most cases both eyes are affected. Unless the underlying cause of the inflammation is determined and dealt with, the uveitis is likely to be recurrent. Primary uveitis is a chronic disorder that must be managed by long-term administration of medication.

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