Florida Spots

Bailey is an incredibly sweet, 9 ½ year old, spayed female, color point domestic shorthair cat who was presented for a wellness exam. We immediately noticed her eyes looked a bit different. Bailey is very healthy and happy and has no idea her eyes look this way. Her owner reports that the eyes suddenly appeared this way many years ago while living in the Virgin Islands and the condition has never progressed or seemed painful.

This is condition we never see in this area known as “Florida Spots”. It is a condition seen around Florida and the Virgin Islands with no known cause. Some have speculated that fire ants are the cause; others suspect a local lizard. Regardless, the condition does affect vision but does not need any treatment since it doesn’t get worse and is not painful. Leave it to cats to keep things interesting!