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What is Cloudy Eye?

Though eye disease is less common in cats than dogs, you should rush to the vet as soon as you can if your cat’s eye or eyes appear cloudy. Since cloudy eye is symptomatic of a number of serious eye conditions, immediate veterinary attention should be sought in order to ensure the best prognosis for your cat’s sight.

A cloudy eye is symptomatic of several eye diseases in cats. These include, but are not limited to: corneal ulceration, keratitis, cataracts, and glaucoma. A number of diseases of the cornea and lens may be characterized by cloudy eyes. There are secondary non-infectious causes as well, such as exposure to certain toxins or chemicals.

Symptoms of Cloudy Eye in Cats

Seek immediate veterinary attention if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Rubbing the eyes
  • Excess tear production
  • Light sensitivity
  • Signs of pain
  • Squinting and rapid blinking
  • One eye appears larger than the other
  • Discharge
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Fever
  • Sneezing

Causes of Cloudy Eye in Cats

There are several causes of cloudy eye in cats. Primary causes include disease, which may also involve secondary, noninfectious causes such as trauma and exposure to chemicals. Each cause is described in-depth below.

Corneal Ulceration

Corneal ulcers can occur for a number of reasons, such as blunt trauma to the eye, exposure to chemicals, or infection. Ulcers in the cornea form when the epithelium, a thin layer of protective cells, is fully penetrated. Tears enter the stroma, underneath the epithelium, which is responsible for the cloudy appearance of the eyes.

Keratitis

This condition is characterized by corneal inflammation and swelling. Keratitis may be attributed to a number of secondary causes, such as infection and injury. Keratitis is often caused by the feline herpesvirus.

Cataracts

While cataracts are more common in older animals, cats typically develop cataracts due to inflammation or trauma to the lens rather than old age. (However, old age and other diseases may cause cataracts.) Cataracts are characterized by cloudy eye and partial to full vision loss.

Glaucoma

This irreversible disease occurs when the aqueous fluid within the eye stops draining properly. This buildup of fluid causes pressure on the optic nerve, causing nerve damage. This nerve damage will seriously impair your cat’s vision. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms manifest, partial vision loss has already occurred.

Diagnosis of Cloudy Eye in Cats

Your vet will make a tentative diagnosis based on a thorough physical examination, complete medical history, and presentation of symptoms. Be sure to inform your vet of the extent and duration of your cat’s symptoms, as well as any previous history of eye problems or traumatic injury that you know of.

Your vet can reach a definitive diagnosis through a number of tests, and will choose the most appropriate method based on the suspected disease or cause. These tests may include: corneal stain, cell culture, microscopic examination of corneal tissue, and the use of a tonometer (administering a puff of air to the eye to test intraocular pressure).

Treatment of Cloudy Eye in Cats

Treatment will vary depending on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. 

Corneal ulcerations and keratitis are typically treated with antibiotic and/or pain relief eye drops and ointments. Antibiotic treatments will have to be administered several times a day, around every four to six hours. Pain relief drops or ointments are administered less frequently, from every twelve to forty-eight hours. If the keratitis is caused by the feline herpes virus, treatment may be more invasive.

Cataracts, though irreversible, may be managed by treating a secondary cause of the condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Cataracts are often corrected with surgery, which is successful for most cases. This surgery takes about one hour, and involves removing the cataracts and implanting a synthetic lens.

There is no cure for glaucoma; treatment is palliative, or done to relieve the cat’s pain rather than curing the underlying condition. Your vet may prescribe steroids and special eye drops to reduce inflammation and pressure. These may slow the progression of vision loss.

Your vet will be able to advise you on a treatment and recovery plan – or refer you to an ophthalmologist – based on your cat’s needs.

Recovery of Cloudy Eye in Cats

Recovery and prognosis will vary depending on the severity of the condition and effectiveness of treatment. Always follow your vet’s post-treatment or post-operative instructions carefully. It is imperative that you administer antibiotic medications for the entire recommended duration of treatment even if the condition starts to improve. Failure to do so could result in aggressive recurrence or loss of sight.

Corneal ulcerations and keratitis tend to heal within three to five days with treatment. Some ulcers caused by infection may take longer to heal. Your vet will advise you based on your cat’s symptoms.

For cataracts and glaucoma, your vet may schedule follow-up appointments as needed to monitor the condition. If the cloudy eye is not improving or seems to be getting worse despite treatment, contact your vet immediately.

Cloudy Eye Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Batty
Cornish Rex
17 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vision loss

Medication Used

none

My one-eyed, 17 year old Cornish Rex cat has suddenly appeared with her remainjng eye that is partially red with a very large pupil. It also looks a little cloudy. She is not in pain and acting normal (purring, eating) BUT She is having trouble seeing and walking into walls. Her other eye was surgically removed about 7 years ago because she had an ocular malignancy. Can you help me?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are a few causes for a dilated pupil which may include glaucoma, uveitis, poisoning, trauma among other causes; since Batty has a history of ocular issues you should visit your Veterinarian to measure the intraocular pressure and to examine the eye with an ophthalmoscope. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mr whiskers
Tiger tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy eye with no other symptoms

My cat over night developed a cloudy eye he's acting normal its not gross and doesn't seem to bother him. His sister whole they have not been around each other since they were 3 weeks old just had to be put down she had fip. Could he have it and would this be a possible effect? There's nothing worse wrong with him beside his eye being cloudy

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Mr. Whiskers should be checked out by your veterinarian. FIP can cause uveitis, or cloudy eyes, but so can many other conditions that may be curable. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, determine what might be going on, and give him any treatment that might be appropriate. I hope that he does well.

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Luna
American Shorthair
8 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudiness

Hi! My 8 month old cat Luna developed some cloudiness in her left eye today. She's keeping it half shut most of the time but isn't complaining or rubbing at her eye. Is this worth seeing the vet? I'm planning to wait it out a day or two unless that's foolish, but she doesn't seem to be in any pain and there is no discharge.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. It would be worth having a check up for Luna at your veterinarian, as cats can get corneal ulcers, infections, or other complications with their eyes that need to be treated sooner vs. later. I'm glad that she isn't uncomfortable, but it would be better to to have her seen sooner rather that later. I hope that all goes well with her!

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Garffy
ginger
18 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy eye ,bulging,blood shot

Hi our female cats right eye is cloudy and blood shorty and larger than the left.she is eating and her normal playful self,is it worth taking her to see a vet?As she is very old.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I do think it would be a good idea to have Garffy seen by a veterinarian, as that eye might be painful, and the veterinarian will be able to examine her and determine the best course of treatment given her age and health status. I hope that she is okay.

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Lottie
Unknown
9 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Swelling
Head Shaking
Cloudy eye
Squinting
Head Tilt

My cat has recently had one of her eyes get very cloudy and strange looking. It doesn’t always have the same size pupil as her normal eye now and it’s a weird type of cloudiness that reflects light and makes her pupil not look black. Also the other night she was sitting and kept nodding her head back and to the side of the cloudy eye about three times on a row and then would stop and start again.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Different sized pupils and cloudiness to her eye could be caused by a number of things, including neurologic disease, parasites, infection, infectious disease, or trauma. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible to have her examined. They might recommend some blood tests to try and determine the cause, and they will be able to recommend a treatment plan for her to try and clear up her problem. I hope that everything goes well for Lottie.

My cat is about 3 months old, and one of his eyes is a tad cloudier than the other. That is the only symptom so far, should we go see a vet? I am really short on money for a trip that expensive right now

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Tiki
American Shorthair
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none

My three-year-old cat Tiki has started showing signs of cloudy eyes over the past year. She is not showing any symptoms of drainage, sensitive to light, blinking a lot and sneezing.
What would you recommend?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
If there are no symptoms apart from the cloudy eyes, I would keep an eye on things until your next appointment with your Veterinarian; however if there are other symptoms (question wasn’t clear) I would visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine if the cause is something to be concerned about or not. It may be just a condition called lenticular sclerosis which doesn’t affect vision and is more cosmetic than anything, but without examining Tiki I cannot say for sure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/lenticular-sclerosis

Our cat Kinzy has cloudy eyes & no other symptoms as well. It has been going on about a year. I will take her to the vet to see what can be done if anything. I have never seen this before.

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He doesn't have one yet
American Shorthair
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
Runny eyes
Post-nasal drip
Watery eyes

This is not actually about a cloudy eye problem, but I saw the message for free advice, and I really need it. We have an 8 week old kitten that has an upper respiratory infection (cold/virus), with a runny nose and runny, watery eyes, sneezing, and what we think is similar to post-nasal drip in people. He had developed an infection in its eye, and now it has developed what looks like a green bubble of pus attached to the front of the eyeball. It also looks like there is an ulcer-like hole behind it on the eyeball. The green bubble looks like it could get caught between his eyelids when he closes his eye - it sort of sticks out a little past the eyelids when the eye is open. However, when he closes the eye, it never does get stuck. I'm also worried about him rubbing or scratching it and if it pops, it could gush pus. We've been keeping it clean and flushing it daily with lukewarm clean water. Other than this bubble and ulcer behind it, the eye infection and the kitten himself, seem better. I'm just worried about him losing his eye. Please help me to know what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your question. The kitten should really see a veterinarian. Kittens can develop problems with their eyes secondary to respiratory infections that can permanently damage their eyes. They usually resolve quite quickly with the right medical treatment. I hope that he is okay.

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Albert
Maine Coon
11 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy eyes

My cat is around 11 years old and over the past year his eyes have been slowly getting cloudy, with no other symptoms. I think it may just be old age causing cataracts because the progression has been so slow, should I bring him into the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. If Albert's eyes are becoming cloudy, it may be normal aging changes, with the lens developing thickening, but it may be in infection in his eye if the front chamber if becoming cloudy. Since I cannot examine him, it would be a good idea to book an appointment and have a good physical exam for him, to make sure that the changes are normal, and not a sign of a problem. I hope that everything goes well for him!

Hello, over the past couple years I've noticed my cats eyes becoming cloudy. She is roughly about 3 years of age.
Now they are at the point where they are very cloudy but she is not showing any symptoms from the list provided above.
She is not sensitive to light, not sneezing a lot, not having any abnormal discharge.

What would you recommend?

Thank you kindly!
-Angel

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Lenny
Red tabby DSH
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy eye. Low weight.

I have two barn cats just under 2 years old who are seen annually by a vet, are not kept inside, and visit with humans daily so they are not feral. One of the cats has always had a hard time keeping weight on, and I always offer extra servings of grain free dry or wet food when his brother is not around, but if my day gets busy and I forget, he seems to look gaunt. Recently I noticed one eye is cloudy in the pupal. I'm planning to bring this up to the vet when she comes and gives the annual vaccinations but I was wondering if you could suggest some things that may be happening to this cat so I can prepare myself. Some background, these cats came from a farm with a highly inbred population, they are smaller than average cats to begin with, the cat having issues seems to have a healthy appetite, no excessive thirst, and is a great hunter (mice, moles, even got a rabbit), he has always been a little head shy but the eye that is cloudy doesn't seem to cause him pain when touched and there also is no discharge. The eye looks exactly like the cat in the picture on this forum. Any thoughts would be helpful, thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various reasons for an eye to turn cloudy and may be due to cataracts, glaucoma, nuclear sclerosis, poisoning (normally both eyes are affected) and other conditions; if the eye isn’t causing any pain or discomfort I would just keep an eye on things during the festive season and have your Veterinarian take a look in the new year. Without an examination and a general check I cannot tell you if you should be concerned or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chance
Maine Coon
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Our 7 month old cat has been acting blah all day and has had one eye closed like it’s bothering him. Once he does open it, it’s a bit cloudy. Nothing alarming but enough to notice the difference. He’s eating, but only a little and has slept most of the day. Not being his usual energetic self.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
It may be that Chance is having an off day, however there is the risk that Chance may be suffering from an infection (FIP), poisoning, hormonal conditions among other causes; you should keep an eye on her but ideally given her age take her into your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Abby
American Shorthair
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy eye

My kitten Abby has a cloudy eye. It doesn’t seem to affect her but I’m worried it may affect her vision. Is there anything I can do for her or do I need to be concerned about it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various causes for cloudy eye, some are serious and others aren’t; given Abby’s age I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian as many non serious causes of cloudy eyes normally occur in much older cats (eight or nine years plus) so it would be useful to rule out other causes to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Crouton
tabby
4 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Irritation
Not jumping or moving as much
Change in attitude

I believe my cat scratched his eye a few days ago. He is still squinting the affected eye more than the other. He has become more reserved and seems almost week.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Make sure that the eye is clean and with no injuries or anything else; you can apply eye drops like Vetericyn but you should also visit your Veterinarian if Crouton is lethargic or weak as there may be something more serious like a head injury or something else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gracie
mixed
8 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Medication Used

Prednisolone

My vet said Gracies right eye was little cloudy,and they gave her a steroid eye drop,,but not seeing any results,Is this a good med, or can I get something else

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
It really depends on the cause of the cloudiness, it is possible that the cause is cataracts or some else sinister; but there are other causes like lenticular sclerosis which is usually nothing to be concerned about. It is important that the underlying cause is determined so that treatment or management can be given if necessary. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/cataracts-how-uncover-imposter-lenticular-sclerosis

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Skrimpy
Cat
11
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy eye

11 yr old cat who seems to not be in any kind of pain. Over the past few weeks I have noticed his left eye becoming cloudy. No drainage or 3rd eyelid appearing. And he also seems to be able to see just as well aa he always has.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various causes of cloudy eye including cataracts, glaucoma, trauma, nuclear sclerosis among other causes; you should really get Skrimpy’s eyes checked by your Veterinarian to determine if there is something more serious like glaucoma going on but otherwise keep an eye on it and look for other symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maggie
Tuxedo
12 Years
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

cloudy right eye

Our 12 yr old cat had 2 back molars and one front canine tooth removed a week ago. She was given an antibiotic shot, and we were sent home with liquid pain medication. After the 4th day, her right eye has become cloudy. We took her to the vet; her mouth is healing. There is a little light getting into the one eye. She is not showing pain in her eye, or tearing. They are suggesting an ophthalmologist, but I am hesitant. She has already been traumatized by the surgery, and she is 12. Prior to surgery, she had no issues with her eyes. Because of her age, etc., I am thinking of not pursuing extensive procedures, unless you thought she might just need some eye drops. I have not seen anything online that addresses this. Thank you very much for your thoughts.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Most commonly cloudiness of the eye in cats is used by uveal inflammation (inflammation of the iris); this can be caused by different causes itself including trauma, scratches, poisoning, corneal ulceration, glaucoma etc… If the cloudiness is cataracts there is a high probability that the second eye would be affected within a year. I would recommend visiting an Ophthalmologist just to get a diagnosis so you know what your options are. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ginger
Domestic Shorthair Brown Tabby with white.
5-6 months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy eye, lower energy level

We rescued a feral kitten from neglectful neighbors about 3 months ago. We estimate that she's about 5-6 months old. Yesterday we noticed that she kept blinking her right eye and wouldn't open it all the way. I noticed a small amount of discharge. Today she's been opening her eye all the way, but we noticed it still seems cloudy. She's been eating, drinking, and pooping normally, but hasn't been as active. I didn't notice any discharge from her eye today.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various causes for an eye to go clouding including infections, eye inflammation, trauma, glaucoma among other causes; it would be good to keep an eye on it but you should visit your Veterinarian anyway to check regarding vaccinations, spaying etc… so you could hit a few birds with one stone. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Is the cost for the treatment expensive ?

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Sophie
Tuxedo
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy/hazy right eye

Medication Used

none

I just noticed that her right eye looks like it is a bit hazy or cloudy. She has no redness, watering, or irritation. Acts completely normal, and seems to be able to see perfectly fine. I have not noticed any injury or symptoms at all. And I can still see her actual eye/pupils etc.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are a few different possible conditions which may cause hazy eyes and it is important to have your Veterinarian take a look to be on the safe side; glaucoma, nuclear sclerosis, keratitis and other conditions may cause this haziness. Some conditions may be treated or managed whilst others would be a keep and eye on it approach. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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R
Calico
6 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy eye

My kitten is about 6 months old. About a month ago, she became very lethargic and sneezed all the time. I took her to the vet, and they said it was an upper resporatory infection, and prescribed her some antibiotics. Then about a week later, her right eye became a little cloudy. You can tell when it's reflected in the light that it's not as clear as the other eye. She doesn't seem to be in pain, but again she is lethargic and seems fevered. No eye discharge, no sneezing, she eats fine and poops fine too. She hasn't been playing with her toys anymore either.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are a few possible causes for a cloudy eye: may due to the previous respiratory tract infection, juvenile cataracts or glaucoma (which may still occur in young cats). It would be best to have your Veterinarian take a look at the eye as well as a general examination due to the fever and lethargy to see what the specific cause is; different causes have different treatments so it is important to determine the specific cause so treatment can be directed effectively. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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buddy
American Shorthair
1 Year
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy red eyes

my cat's eye was normal now all of a sudden his left eye is cloudy... i'm not sure what the cause of this problem is but i love him very much and need to fix the problem. he is not acting different yet his eye looks way different from the other. please help me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It sounds like Buddy may have uveitis which may occur in cats, especially with the speed that the cloudiness appeared. A visit to your Veterinarian to confirm the diagnosis and the prescription of topical eye drops (oral medication in some cases). If Buddy isn’t showing any signs of pain or discomfort this would wait until Monday morning, but don’t leave it too long as permenant damage may occur. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/cat/condition/anterior-uveitis

I adopted a cat with cloudy eye. The vet said its scaring and will not go away and the kitten is healthy. Will it really be okay? Its not discharging or bothering him at all. They said it he can live a ling happy lufe and it wont effect his other eye. Is this true?

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Neo
Maine Coon
5 Months
Mild
Has Symptoms
Cloudy Right Eye
My kitten Neo is a Maine Coon and 5 month old, yesterday he was acting different and was just sulking about the house. I noticed his right eye had become cloudy which caused me to panic as it looked similar to him becoming blind. Today i took him to my local vets who have been good throughout the years with my parents pets but they said they cannot see what the problem is and referred him to a specialist. Very frustrating after rushing him into the walk in appointments to be told after three and a half hours that there is nothing they can do! I am worried about Neo as he does not seem as playful as before and all i want to know is what is wrong with him?
Coco
Cat
15 Months
Fair
Has Symptoms
Disorientation
My cat's left pupil become cloudy since December 2016,few days after I put Nicol Eyedrop in his eye because his right eye was sick so i put it both in order not to be contagious. Now, his right eye is healty. He never acting different and he is playful. I never go to vet because i don't have enough money cause i'm a 14y/o student.Maybe,I can afford the medicine for his left eye. I hope you answer me thank you ;)