I was told various things about my new kitty. She has a chronic red puffy eye condition, with lots of tearing. At the shelter, the had tried different drops, creams on her. Just before I got her, the Vet there said all I had to do was wipe her eyes with a wet cotton.
A person who works there and has over 20 cats said sometimes this is caused by sinus problems, and the fluids back up into the eyes or sometimes the ears.
I am leary about what is causing it. In the very near future, I am going to take her to MY vet, and get a diagnosis. (I am just waiting because she is still getting adjusted to her environment, and I want her to get a bit more trusting and comfortable before I haul her off to a vet)....but I want the Vet to tell me what should be done to her eyes, and what could be causing it.
If she needs meds, then I will administer. If he determines it is probably the herpes, then I know there are treatments, (oral) that are supposed to reduce episodes of the flareup.
I read somewhere that 85-90% of cats have the herpes virus, just like humans have it. In some, it lays dormant all their lives and never shows symptoms. In some others, it manifests.
I definately heard that stress can aggravate the condition, whatever the cause.