This cat has been away from home for a week and returns with its eye appearing as shown here. What abnormalities are seen and what is likely to have caused the lesions here? What treatment might be instituted?
The irregular opacity in this animal’s cornea suggests a collagnolytic process at work and severe infection, probably asssociated with a foreign body, is causing the corneal melting. Bacteriology, cytology and examination under anaesthesia would be essential. Aggressive broad spectrum topical antibiosis and serum therapy to ameliorate the collagenolysis together with atropine to reduce pain from iridociliary spasm would be a first step in treatment.