Cloudy lenses in kittens are caused by eye diseases or injuries, as you would expect. The cornea, or the surface of the eye, is what most people refer to as the lens. Consult your veterinarian right away if your kitten’s eyes are clouded or discharge is coming from them.
Upper Respiratory Infection
Cloudy lenses in kittens may be caused by upper respiratory infections. Kittens are particularly vulnerable to upper respiratory infections because of their small and immaturity, which may cause eye irritation and discharge, which can damage the cornea or front surface of the eye. If an upper respiratory illness affects the eyes, your veterinarian will likely prescribe medicated eye drops or ointment, as well as antibiotics, depending on the source of the infection. URIs affecting the eyes are most often caused by feline herpesvirus, calicivirus, and chlamydiosis. URIs that affect the eyes may cause scarring of the cornea if not treated properly or promptly, which is what caused the cloudiness in this instance. URIs in kittens may cause blindness and even eye removal in severe instances.
Damage Or Injuries
Cloudy lenses in kittens may also be caused by injury or damage to the eye’s surface. This may range from a littermate inadvertently slapping a kitten in the eye to real fighting injuries, scrapes from his surroundings, foreign objects in the eye, and even a vehicle accident. Small eye injuries are usually treatable, and many kittens with minor eye injuries still retain partial vision despite corneal cloudiness.
Insufficient tear production or foreign objects in the eye induce feline keratitis, an inflammation of the eyes. Feline herpes virus, like upper respiratory infections, may cause it, and mucus discharge is a sign. Medication to enhance tear production is used as part of the treatment. This aids in the prevention of bacterial infections.
Cloudy lenses are another symptom of feline glaucoma. Glaucoma in cats is caused by excessive blood pressure, much as it is in people. It may begin in the eye or develop as a consequence of a secondary cause, indicating that something is amiss elsewhere in the body. If it begins in the eye, it’s usually related to eye discharge. Surgery to alleviate eye pressure and address the drainage issue is part of the treatment.