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My cat has what looks like tissue half her left eye. She…

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My cat has what...

My cat has what looks like white tissue half her left eye. She looked perfectly normal last night, what could have caused this?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?

Patitas, she's 15 years old and has been taking thyroid med for about 4 years

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the cat's name?

Her name is*****: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Patitas?

No, other than her thyroid she is fine

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

I believe that you're describing prolapse of the third eyelid across Patitas's eye. This occurs with primary third eyelid disorders such as a follicular conunctivitis, when there's corneal damage or disorders deeper in the eye that the eyelid is trying to protect, and when the sympathetic nervous innervation to the eye is disrupted (Horner's syndrome). Unless her eye normalizes by the morning, it would be prudent to have it checked by Patitas's vet if only because eyes can "go south" in a hurry. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Could she go blind in that eye
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

The risk of blindness would be predicated upon the underlying disorder resulting in the third eyelid prolapse. Regretfully, I can't know that from here. Hence, my recommendation to have such an eye attended to at your earliest convenience. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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