Our expert says:
Eye problems are accompanied by a number of signs and symptoms. Pain is one of the most serious. A cat with a painful eye needs prompt veterinary attention.
The type of discharge present in and around the eyes helps define the cause. A clear discharge without redness and pain, more often than not, indicates a problem in the tear drainage system. A clear discharge with a reddened eye could be conjunctivitis (inflammation), including from a bacterial/viral infection. A thick, sticky, mucus or pus-like discharge, along with a red (inflamed) eye suggests possible conjunctivitis as well. Any discharge accompanied by a painful eye should alert you to the possibility of cornea or inner eye involvement.
Please do not neglect minor eye ailments. If there is any doubt about the cause of the discomfort, and particularly if the eye has been treated at home but has not shown improvement in 24 hours, call your veterinarian. Eye problems can go from minor to serious in a very short time.
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