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Dry Eye (KCS) in Cats: An Overview

Dry eye in cats is a condition in which the glands of the eyelids are unable to properly secrete lubrication to protect the eye and keep it moist. Dry eye is a serious condition that can result in severe pain and blindness if it is not addressed.Dry eye in cats is also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCS. It is not an uncommon condition in cats, and it occurs when the proper amount of tears

Causes of Dry Eye (KCS) in Cats

The majority of dry eye cases in cats are due to an infection with feline herpesvirus. In rarer cases, dry eye can be caused by injury or through removal of the third eyelid.Dry eye in cats, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCS, usually occurs as a result of chronic feline herpesvirus illnesses. This is a highly contagious respiratory disease, and once a cat has this disease it can be treated but never cured. The

Symptoms of KCS (Dry Eye) in Cats

Dry eye, or KCS (keratoconjunctivitis sicca), is an eye disease in cats that might not seem like that big a deal when boiled down to its essence: The inability to produce tears. But since the tears act as a cleansing device for the eyes, their absence means big problems, from painful infections all the way to blindness.Cat owners should know what to look for in their cats when considering the possible existence of dry eye.

Treating Dry Eye (KCS) in Cats

Non-surgical treatment options for dry eye, or keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) in cats involves using a number of lubricating eye drops in addition to drops which cut through the mucosal layer that forms over the eye in KCS conditions. Cats that are suffering from KCS due to chronic feline herpesvirus may benefit from supportive immune therapies.While there are non-surgical treatment options for dry eye in cats, some cats do not respond well to these treatments, and


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