Dear Christopher Cat
Yesterday, my cat Chloe came inside squinting one eye. I tried to pry her eye open to see if something was caught under her eyelid, but she wouldn’t let me.
Will this problem go away on its own, or should I do something about it?
It sounds like Chloe’s eye hurts.
The same thing happened to me when I scratched my cornea, the surface of the eye, on an evergreen branch.
Your veterinarian can examine Chloe’s cornea using an eyedrop stain to determine whether it has been scratched or punctured.
If it has, an eye antibiotic may be all that’s necessary.
Left untreated, corneal damage can develop into a painful ulcer that can threaten Chloe’s vision.
It’s also possible that Chloe is squinting because she has anterior uveitis, a painful inflammation inside the eye. Untreated uveitis can lead to glaucoma and blindness.
In any case, it’s essential that Chloe visit her veterinarian immediately so her eye can be examined and treated.