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Janet
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« on: July 22, 2010, 06:05:02 AM »

Yesterday Max was favoring his right eye. When he came to us he had an irritation in his left eye and the vet gave him Neopolydex Opth. Suspension.
I don't know if his eye was scratched by Raleigh or perhaps he made a bad move while chasing a cat toy (they love the interactive toys).
I have been wiping his eye 2 or 3 times daily with a warm, moist cotton ball. The problem certainly hasn't gotten any worse but he is still favoring it.
I have an appt. for Saturday at the vet...my regular vet is out sick and they are very busy this week.
The receptionist at the vet said not to use the Neopolydex because if there is a scratch it could damage the eye.
I'm hopeful that by Sat. it will clear up as this will be the 3rd time this poor kitty has been to the vet in 4 weeks.
Anyone have any experience with this problem or perhaps have any other advice to add?
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2010, 06:10:49 AM »

I hope Max is okay, Janet. Only eye treating I've ever done has been with vet prescriptions
after a check for a scratched cornea. So I can't help. If it seems much worse, I'd go the
emergency vet route I guess is the only advice I'd have to offer. Others I'm sure know more.
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2010, 06:55:07 AM »

I wouldn't wait until Saturday, it could be become infected or ulcerate. They need to put dye in to examine it before treating it, but after they see it ask for an rx for a triple antibiotic drop that doesn't cause problems either way to keep in the house for future emergencies. Remy had a corneal scratch also & we spent months doing drops hourly & then every 2 hours around the clock to save his eye. He actually had a huge gouge out of it. Just a heads up, some pets have allergies to ointments.They last longer than the drops, so dosing is farther apart .Remy had a reaction to Gentamycin ointment, we don't know if it was to the med or the ointment itself. Now we keep Tobramycin drops in the house in case, but I always take him in for a check.
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2010, 08:05:51 AM »

My "rule of thumb" with possible eye scratches is if the cat is still keeping the eye more closed a day later, to get a vet appointment.  Do you see any other signs of damage to the eye?  Sometimes the cat will favor the eye if there is a scratch on the nictating membrane but not on the cornea.  Often the membrane in the corner will have a red or dark area if it's been scratched.

It's also possible that his eye may be irritated by wiping it.  I'd at least call the vet and ask what you should do.

OTOH if he has a history of irritation in the other eye, it's possible that there may be some sort of tear duct or allergy issue?
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2010, 08:08:38 AM »

I wouldn't wait either Janet I would have it checked out.  I hope Max is ok. Based on my personal experience I wouldn't want him to get an ulcer or infection if it can be avoided.
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2010, 09:20:28 AM »

Well, we are back. Took Max to the ER vet.
He started having a slight discharge in the corner of his eye and I took your advice and took him right away.
He did have a small knick in his right eye...vet said he "almost got away"!
She gave him Neobacimyx Ophth Ointment.
He is very happy to be back home...didn't like the long ride in the box AT ALL.
Thank you all so much for your comments and concern.

Have a funny story about Raleigh that I will post later..."Raleigh and the Skink".
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2010, 10:27:05 AM »

Poor Max Sad  I will add him to my prayers for a quick recovery.

Can't wait to hear about Raleigh.
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2010, 01:21:37 PM »

Very glad Max is okay ! He's going to hate getting the med put in though.
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2010, 01:34:25 PM »

Yes lesliek, I was hopeful they would give him drops instead of ointment and even took a printout of the Tobramycin. I mentioned it to her and yet she still gave the ointment. Guess you just can't tell 'em what to do!
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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2010, 01:48:22 PM »

Janet, very glad Max is going to be OK!
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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2010, 02:30:33 PM »

Glad you were able to get seen by the vet and a diagnosis made.  After dealing with numerous eye problems, it's always best to have them treated by a vet if they don't look any better after 24 hours.  Prayers for a speedy recovery.
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« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2010, 06:20:19 PM »

Glad to hear Max is going to be OK. We had to deal with eye scratch on Sophie recently, thankfully without cloudy eye this time, the scratch cleared within a day.
After several eye problem situations, what we have learnt is as follows:

1. Any problem, it probably helps to rinse with saline/eye wash. I always have several spare bottles of that at home.

2. I keep antibiotic and non-steroidal antiinflammatory eyedrops on hand. According to my vet, both medications are safe to use
for any kind of a problem. In case of a visible scratch without any sign of inflammation, we start antibiotic immediately to prevent infection,
book a vet appointment as soon as possible. If there are signs of inflammation, we start both drops and book a vet appointment asap. Since
Sophie has a history of eye problems, it is necessary to treat it as soon as it happens. In all cases, we always finish the full course of antibiotic (7 days),
even if there is immediate improvement.

3. Drops containing steroids should never be used without dye test first, since they can cause corneal ulcer. I am surprised that your vet prescribed a steroid containing ointment if there is a "knick" on Max's eye.

4. Eye drops are easiest to put in if you approach the eye from behind and above, so the cat doesn't see it or expect it.

5. If the eye is scratched, eye drops maybe painful and irritating, keeping treats on hand may help distracting them from rubbing the eye right after the drops.

6. Some vets prescribe chloramphenicol drops to pets who had allergic reaction to Gentamycin (Sophie did). My usual vet never
uses chloramphenicol routinely, only if there are no other choices, and I fully agree with him (due to very rare but very serious side effects).
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« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2010, 09:26:35 PM »

Janet glad that you took Max to the vet and he is going to be ok.
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« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2010, 07:11:49 AM »

alekO, Thanks for your tips. I have a feeling this may be an ongoing problem with these two...one knicking the other's eye.
We were given a triple antibiotic ointment for Max's eye. The drops with the steroid were given to us about a month ago for an eye irritation that was not a scratch. My vet tech did inform me not to use the drops with the steroid if there is a knick.
What type of saline eye wash do you use? The type that's puchased in the drugstore for contacts? I purchased an eyewash for cat's at one of our local pet stores but haven't used it yet.
What type of allergic reaction did Sophie have to the Gentamycin (lesliek also said that one of her cats had a reaction to that ointment)?   
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« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2010, 07:59:20 AM »

I normally use saline wash for pets, but saline eye wash for humans can do just as well (just saline, not one of those contact lense multipurpose solutions).

Sophie's eye was very red and irritated after Gentamycin, she couldn't open it for over 12h afterwards.
She did have a bad infection at that time with a cloudy eye, that was the first time it happened so we brought her to ER (it was evening), and they gave us that. My regular vet saw her the next day and changed her antibiotic and made a note in her file. So normally for eye infections we use Aflacin eye drops and she tolerates them well except when there is a scratch when she tries to rub her eye after the drops and then we need to distract her with tuna flakes  Grin.
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