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“Say What” Eosinophilic Keratitis

April 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Cat Care, Cat Health, CatPalaceUSA Family

I have never heard of the term “Eosinophilic Keratitis” in the forty years being a devoted cat lover.  However, about two months ago our lovable Michael came down with this eye disease.  At first we thought it was a minor eye infection to be cured by eye drops.  Boy! Were we wrong.  After thirty days of applying two separate medicines, Michael still had a severe eye infection.  I then took Mike back to the Veterinarian and he diagnosed the problem to be none other than Eosinophilic Keratitis.  The doctor explained this to be a virus cased by upper repository  function.  I still wanted to know what and why this occurred with Mike’s eyes.
So, when I got home from the doctor’s office I Googled and found the following definition supplied by Dr’s Suzanna Mackey, Laurence D. Mackey and Kenneth S. Lationer: “Feline eosinophilic keratitis typically presents as a white to pink plaque that affects a variable portion of the cornea The most common location of the initial lesion is at the temporal limbus, while the second most common site of development occurs at the nasal limbus. Lesions may progress to involve multiple quadrants of the eye. In addition, FEK may eventually become a bilateral condition, if left untreated. Grossly, the corneal plaque has the appearance of a thick white deposit of material that has a gritty consistency and can easily be removed by scraping.”

eosinophilic keratitisAfter reading the clinical definition, I still don’t know the problem.  What I do know is that Michael’s eye looks like this picture and I do know if not treated he will go blind.  So, if any one out there in internet space would tell me what the problem is in Simple English, I would certainly appreciate your inspiration.

After taking Prednisolone Acatate Ophthalmic and Gentamicin Sulfate eye drops together, Michael has a clear eye.  I really don’t know if this problem will return, but if it does we now know how to solve the problem.

One would ask why have I written this article? Well it all about taking care of your cat.  Cat Care is one of the most important thing one can do to protect your feline friend and extend their life cycle.  Just remember, they are just like your “Kids”

My next article is about Cats, Kids and Fish.  Look for it soon!


2 Comments so far ↓

  • clthomas1

    My understanding of Feline Eosinophilic Keratitis is as follows:

    It is a condition in which there is inflammation of the cornea. It can be due to an immune response, like an allergy, and when parasites affect the body or can be associated with feline herpes virus. The eosinophils (white blood cells that are one of the immune system components responsible for combating infection and parasites) respond, can invade the cornea and give the eye a pinkish, white, and/or cloudy appearance.

    I’ve read that most cats respond well to treatment and FEK can be readily controlled. But, each case is different and recurrences of this condition would and require ongoing or intermittent treatment.

  • noochka

    my three-month old kitten hasn’t yet officially been diagnosed with this condition (the vet said she had never seen something like this and said she would recommend an eye specialist) although looking at the description and images i found through google (including here), i think it’s fair to say that’s what she’s got.

    the information that keeps coming up on different websites is that eosinophilic keratitis is often linked to the feline herpes virus, making it a condition for which the best form of treatment is a life-long one.

    more info on there – http://www.vet.uga.edu/VPP/CLERK/mackey/index.php

    if you read this message, could you let me know how has your cat’s condition progressed and if there has been any recurrence??

    i’ve taken note of the medecine you were given and will ask my vet about it.

    email is naouel_m[at]yahoo[dot]fr


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