Long lashes aren’t always the best! This was the case for Frankie, the sweet kitty who initially came into Uni Vets Camden for desexing from a rescue group. During the pre-anaesthetic check, we found that Frankie had a condition of his lower eyelids called “Entropion”.
Entropion is a painful condition where the eyelid folds inwards causing the eyelashes to rub against the cornea. In Frankie’s case, the condition on both his lower eyelids was so severe that not only his eyelashes but also the hair surrounding his eyes were rubbing against his cornea. This chronic irritation can lead to secondary bacterial infections such as conjunctivitis or even create an ulcer.
Luckily for Frankie, we managed to treat his entropion surgically and gave him an ointment for his conjunctivitis. If you’re concerned about your pets eye health contact Uni Vets Camden today.
Written by Yi-Hsien Lin – Final Year Veterinary Student, The University of Sydney.