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What are Eye Injuries?

Untreated eye injuries can greatly damage your cat’s eye, even leading to blindness in severe cases. If your cat is avoiding bright lights, keeping its eye closed, and squinting, it’s likely that the eye is injured. Seek veterinary care immediately if you suspect an eye injury.

An eye injury is caused by a foreign object that has either penetrated or fully punctured the eye. These injuries can be caused by play, fighting with other cats, and even projectiles like fireworks. 

Symptoms of Eye Injuries in Cats

Eye injury symptoms tend to occur rapidly, increasing in intensity as the foreign object remains in the eye or the wound worsens. The following symptoms indicate that your cat’s eye is injured:

  • Clouded cornea
  • Visible blood in the eye
  • Distorted pupils
  • Visible foreign object in the eye
  • Eye discharge 
  • Swelling or inflammation of the eye
  • Pawing at the eye 


  • Penetrating: The wound or foreign object has entered the eye, but does not punctuate the cornea or sclera (the white of the eye). 
  • Perforating: The wound or foreign object has passed through the cat’s cornea or sclera. These typically are more serious injuries. 

Causes of Eye Injuries in Cats

Cats possess complex vision systems that allow them to hunt at night and see objects clearly from yards away. Cats have also a third “eyelid,” a thick membrane that protects the eye from scratches and debris. Despite this, cats’ eyes are prone to injury. Causes of eye injury in cats include: 

  • Fights with other animals
  • Scratches from leaves or branches
  • Playing with objects in the home
  • Car accidents 
  • Fireworks or other projectiles

Diagnosis of Eye Injuries in Cats

Injuries to the eye constitute a medical emergency. Only a veterinarian can diagnose an eye injury and recommend proper treatment. Even if the foreign object is visible, do not attempt to treat an eye injury at home. Doing so could risk further damage to your cat’s eye.

When you visit your veterinarian, give him or her an account of what happened, including when you first noticed the injury and what you believe may have caused it. Tell your veterinarian if you feel the injury is getting better or worse. 

During the exam, the veterinarian will first look for the presence of a foreign object. If the object is visible, the diagnosis will be straightforward. However, if there isn’t a visible cause, your veterinarian may wish to rule out deeper injury, cornea ulcer, or bruising by conducting a full ocular examination. The veterinarian will use light to check your cat’s pupils, ensuring they are symmetrical and responding properly. 

If natural causes are not responsible for the injury, your veterinarian may wish to examine the internal parts of your cat’s eye.

Treatment of Eye Injuries in Cats

Treatment for your cat’s eye injury will be recommended based on the severity of the injury and which part of the eye was affected. Penetrating injuries usually have a better chance of recovery than perforating injuries, and blunt traumas are more severe than sharp traumas to the eye. 

Penetrating Injuries

Typically, if the injury is penetrating and has no opening, your veterinarian will suggest an Elizabethan collar to prevent your cat from further damaging the eye. Antibiotics or eye drops are used to ease inflammation and swelling. Corneal ulcers are often treated with antibiotic ointments. 

Perforating Injuries

Surgical repair will be required for perforating injuries, including corneal lacerations and full-thickness wounds. If the foreign object remains in the eye, surgery will be needed to remove it. In most cases, lacerated corneas due to foreign objects can be treated.

Vision loss is possible if the injury is deep within the eye. If your cat is struggling with light perception, there may be an injury to the lens or a hemorrhage in the vitreous, the gel-like structure that gives the eye its shape. 

After surgery, your veterinarian will recommend antibiotics and pain relievers as needed. These medications will vary depending on the severity of the wound. 

Recovery of Eye Injuries in Cats

Following surgery, monitor your cat to ensure the injury is healing properly. Note any changes to the eye, and contact your veterinarian if you believe the wound isn’t healing. If your cat has suffered vision loss due to the injury, you will have to help your pet cope with its new disability. 

Most eye injuries in cats heal completely, allowing the cat to resume its normal activities. Recovery time largely depends on the type of injury and its severity. Be sure to administer all medications that your vet recommends, and remove any potential eye irritants from the cat’s reach. 

Eye Injuries Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Maine Coon
3 years
Fair condition
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After we put up our Christmas tree we noticed our cat was squinting one eye and it seems to be watering. Sometimes it is worse then others. I do not see anything in here eye but don't know what the cause could be.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1675 Recommendations
You should flush your cat’s eye out with sterile saline and then apply an ophthalmic ointment to the eye twice per day; look out for any signs of improvement, if you see no improvement over the weekend you should visit your Veterinarian on Monday for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Grey Tabb
3-4 weeks (unsure)
Serious condition
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So I saved a kitten not too long ago and he was very sick. We got him treatments, he ate, drank water, and continued to improve. Although, today I checked on him and his eye was closed (it had already been infected and we were treating it). I think my kitten’s eye may have ruptured. The vet said that if this happened that they couldn’t perform surgery because he is too young. What do I do? Is there any way for him to get better?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1675 Recommendations
If the eye has ruptured, surgery would be indicated when he is old enough and stable enough for him to survive the surgery based on your Veterinarian’s opinion. Until then, you should visit your Veterinarian for another examination and to clean the eye and dress the area to prevent any secondary infection or complications in the short term. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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9 months
Mild condition
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My cat came home one day with his eyes bleeding and swollen shit. I dont have any money to see a vet. His eye stopped bleeding and now it is white but it seems to be draining puss and as an odor. What should i do? He doesnt seen to be in pain but the odor and puss is getting worse. What should i do to help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1675 Recommendations
It is important to flush the eyes out with sterile saline solution and try to use an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment to see if there is any improvement; although I understand the cost of veterinary care can be expensive, you should visit a Veterinarian since Ninja may require systemic antibiotics - try a charity clinic in your area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shhes grey with green eyes
3-4weeks (not to sure)
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi doctor.
My name is stefanie.
I found a kitten in my yard and I've had it a week now.I dont have the means to get to a vet right now until next week.I need adviceurgently please !?
When I found her she looked pretty much dead she wasn't walking eating or drinking I've got a few cats and sort of know some symptoms to watch for.it looked anemic she had no fluids in her mouth I noticed an eye infection and runny nose.
Needless to say she's doing much better now I've been treating her and spending every moment making sure she she's happy.
But....she has now ruptured her one eye I think maybe she bumped it...and I can't see a vet until next week what can i do to treat it in the mean while I'm worried.
Please help....I've fallen in love with this kitten its been tough and she's a real fighter
Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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She really is a Champ isn’t she? If her eye has ruptured, this requires emergency veterinary care, I understand that there may be financial constraints but there are charity clinics and other nonprofits which may be able to assist you. Until you can get Veterinary attention, keep the area clean and free of debris; do not put any eye drops into the eyes if it has ruptured, most likely after a delay of treatment the eye would need to be removed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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8 Weeks
Fair condition
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broken blood vessel

my cat seems to have a broken old vessel in her third eye lid. doesn't seem to bother her and she isn't expierencing any other symptoms. I noticed it by accident tonight. it is not bleeding or swollen and she seems to see just fine. is there anyything i would need to do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is no sign of bleeding or pain, I would keep an eye on it for now and bring it up with your Veterinarian when you take Brix in for vaccination which you should start doing around now. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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5 Years
Mild condition
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My cat ya a fight with another house cat yesterday. The same night. I noticed a white discharge from her eye. Her waterline is normally black but she has a sort of scratch that reveals a pink color.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1675 Recommendations
It is important to clean the eye clean and free of debris, flushing the eye with sterile saline will help and an ophthalmic ointment will help too; if the wound (pink area) is big it may need to be seen by your Veterinarian as it may need suturing or other treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What if there is puss discharge?

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