Eye Displacement in Cats

Eye Displacement in Cats - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost
Eye Displacement in Cats - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost

What is Eye Displacement?

If your cat suffers an injury that results in eye displacement, you'll need to contact your veterinarian immediately. The quicker you get your cat to the doctor, the better its chances are of retaining its vision.

Eye displacement, or proptosis, is a condition that results in the protrusion of a cat's eye from its eye socket. This condition can cause the eyelid to get stuck behind the eye and puts the cat at risk of losing its sight. Trauma to the cat's face or head is commonly the reason behind the eye displacement.

Eye Displacement Average Cost

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Average Cost

$400

Symptoms of Eye Displacement in Cats

Although the most obvious symptom of eye displacement is the protruding of the cat's eye from its socket, there are a few additional symptoms that are less pronounced. 

  • Inflammation in the front chamber of the eye
  • Abnormalities within the pupil
  • Cloudy or discolored cornea
  • Other facial bone fractures
  • Bleeding from the inner eye
  • Eyelid spasms
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Causes of Eye Displacement in Cats

The cause of eye displacement is typically some type of trauma or injury to the face or head, such as from a significant fall, being struck by a vehicle, or fighting with other animals. Rarely, eye displacement may be caused by tumors or infection.

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Diagnosis of Eye Displacement in Cats

Your veterinarian will be able to diagnose your cat with eye displacement after a thorough examination. Although the protruding of the eye from its socket will be evident, only the veterinarian will be able to determine the extent of the condition. 

In addition to an examination of the affected eye, the veterinarian will also perform an x-ray. This determines if there are any injuries to the facial bones or skull that will also need to be addressed.

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Treatment of Eye Displacement in Cats

As soon as your cat is brought in for treatment, you can expect a lubricant to be placed on the cat's affected eye, as well as a few antibiotic drops to prevent infection. Additional treatment is determined by the severity of the eye displacement. 

Surgical Replacement

If your cat is in stable condition and does not have any internal injuries from the trauma it suffered, it will undergo anesthesia so that the eye can be surgically placed back in the socket. First, the veterinarian will clean out the eye socket and then unroll the eyelids. Next, he or she will gently position the eye back in the socket. Finally, the eyelid will be drawn over the eye and temporarily stitched shut. The stitches may be removed as early as seven days following the surgery, or as long as 21 days after. 

Surgical Removal

When a cat's eye is severely damaged, it is often necessary to completely remove the displaced eye. During surgery, the veterinarian will take out the eye, the surrounding tissue, and the tips of the eyelids. The final step is to sew the eyelids shut. Unlike the replacement surgery, the eyelids are permanently closed and there will be no removal of the sutures at a later date. 

Antibiotics and Pain Medications

Whether your cat was able to have its eye repositioned or completely removed, it will need to follow a course of antibiotics to keep infections at bay. Pain will be managed with prescription medications. It is important that you follow all of your veterinarian's directions in regard to care following surgery for eye displacement. 

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Recovery of Eye Displacement in Cats

Follow up appointments are needed after surgery has been completed in order to watch for and prevent possible complications. It is important to keep an eye on swelling and to inform your veterinarian if you notice any discharge from the eye that is yellow or green in color. This indicates a potential infection. Your cat will need to wear an E-collar at home so that it doesn't accidentally scratch the eye before it has had a chance to heal. Once the doctor is able to remove the stitches at your follow up appointment, he or she will be able to determine if the cat has suffered permanent blindness. Total recovery time can be anywhere between two and four weeks.

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Eye Displacement Average Cost

From 408 quotes ranging from $200 - $800

Average Cost

$400

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Eye Displacement Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Mimao

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Shorthair

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12 Years

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My Cat'S Eyes Are Both Swollen

My cat's eyes look like she's wearing coke bottle lenses. The fronts of her eyes appear to have distended fluid filled lumps that affect her vision. Previous treatment the veterinary ophthalmologist performed was to sew her inner eyelid shut for three weeks and have me put sodium chloride 5% in her other eye. I've continues to do this twice a day but now her eyes look worse and I'm concerned she's going blind. She was miserable in that e-collar for three weeks and I'd prefer not putting get through that again. What other treatment options are available? The vet seems to think the fluid buildup is a side effect of the long term prednisalone.

Aug. 3, 2018

Mimao's Owner

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Without seeing Mimao, I really don't know what might be going on with her eyes, but that does sound quite dramatic. If the current therapy isn't working, she should have a recheck to have them re-examined and see what might be going on. If you are able to see a specialist, that would be best for her at this point. I hope that all goes well for her.

Aug. 3, 2018

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Tommies

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Cat

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1year old

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Someone dropped a cat off at my house in his eye looks like it's been popped out of head for over 2 weeks and I don't know what to do he's happy cat he eats and everything and he's all lovable is not like he's in any pain

Dec. 5, 2017

Tommies' Owner

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Proptosis may be caused by a few different things including a retrobulbar abscess, haematoma or another cause; you should keep the eye lubricated with artificial tears if the eye looks like it is drying out. Ideally, you should visit a Veterinarian to determine the cause of the proptosis and to make a plan for treatment depending on the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Dec. 5, 2017

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