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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 

Types

  • 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

Max
moggy
14 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cut to cats eye

Hi there,

My cat Max was attacked by another cat and received a significant cut to his lower eye lid. I took him to the vet who prescribed pain killers, eye drops and oral antibiotics which I have been giving him. I’ve also been cleaning it as often as possible with boiled water and cotton wool. I am wondering how long will it take to start seeing improvement? It currently looks horrible and I’m worried for him... I think some of the swelling has gone down as the cut looks as though it’s coming together more then before but there is still a lot of pus.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
Given Max’s age, healing time may be prolonged more than usual; however, you should start seeing some improvement within five days or so and depending on overall severity it may take two weeks or more to be healed (but this may be longer). You should continue giving treatment as directed by your Veterinarian and if the antibiotics end before the wound is healed or there is still pus you should return for another examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cloud
Mixed br
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Bulging
Eye Bulging, eye lid cant close

Hello my cat got hurt out side I cleaned him up he got hit in the head with something. His eye was yuckie I cleaned it up their was scabes and black like brusing around his eye I put medicine on his eye it got bette. He was able to open his eye now a few days have passed and his eye is bulging out he can't close his eye.I have no extra money for a vet. Due to family emergancys. I do I fix him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
Sometimes at home treatment isn’t enough, if the eye is starting to bulge outwards you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of cost to treat the issue; in the meantime you can place lubricating eye drops and an eye lubricant to help against infection and drying out. If you cannot afford a Veterinarian, you should consider charity clinics or nonprofits which may be able to assist with the cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Smokey
Mancoon
3 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Eye injury

It appears that our indoor/outdoor cat got in a cat fight when he was out this morning. He came in and we noticed his left eye is almost half way shut and watering a bit. We think it was another cat because we can see what appears to be a paw scratch near his eye. Right now the eye is just watering (no bleeding). Are there any other symptoms we should be on the look out for and when do you recommend we take him to a vet? Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
You should firstly flush out the eye with sterile saline and then apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment to the eye to prevent against infection; if the eye gets more swollen, leaks discharge or you notice any other concerning symptom you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Where do I get antibiotic ointment

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Oscar
Tabby Cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Bleeding

I think my cats eye may be damaged...
I was playing with him with his new toy. It was like a fuzzy ball thingy and I was swinging it around so he can lift his arms up and get and I accidentally swinged the toy near his face and it hit his eye and I gently rubbed around it and left him be but then I realized that he kept on squinting it and leaving it closed for a while and was laying under our small trampoline that was leaning against the wall as if he was avoiding the light and then I put some food down for him and he looks up at me from his eating and I realize that one pupil is smaller than the other and there’s a tint of brown cloudyness covering his whole eye as if his eye is changing color almost and that’s when I start REALLY getting concerned and start balling my eyes out because I feel bad because Im the one who hit him in the eye by accident and I can’t go to the vet right now because it’s closed so I go to my bedroom with my cat and dog and my cat lays down in his bed while I lay in mine and I check his eye one more time and the pupil now seems to be the same size as the other one but it’s still a brownish cloudyness. What type of injury does he have?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
479 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. It seems his injury is related to being hit in the eye with the toy that he was playing with. He should be seen by your veterinarian as soon as they open to assess his vision, and his eyes, and get any treatment that he may need to help it heal normally . I hope that all goes well for him.

Okay, thank you for the advice but I just one more question. Is his eye injury serious/critcal? Because my vet doesn’t open until Monday (there closed on sundays). Over night it looks his eye kinda got better because the pupils are about the same size now, he’s not squinting as much but he’ll squint at some times, and the tint of brown cloudyness isn’t as pigmented. The only thing that’s wrong now is that there’s a little cloudy spot covering his pupil but it’s very transparent so you still see through but you can only see on a certain angle and under different lighting.

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Sable
DOMESTIC
4 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

My cat has no eyeball

My cats eye fell out he acts normal and I cannot afford to to take him to the vet. How can I clean the socket out And close that I have permanently without taking him to the vet

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
479 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Cat's eyes don't tend to just 'fall out'. If there was a trauma associated with the injury, he may need further care. You cannot close the socket, as there are tear ducts and anatomic structures that can cause ongoing problems. Some conditions require medical attention - this is one of them. I hope that Sable is okay.

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Emmy
Persian
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Over night my persian cat, Emmy, who is 15 years young .. w a very pushed in face. woke w the corner of her eye red and swollen .. within the day, she was terribly swollen and could not close her eye .. the vet I took her to, took xray and said it was a tumor .. behind the eye and only way to relieve her was to remove the eye ,, for $900. But said she couldnt say for sure if it was a tumor .. because an xray doesn't show soft tissue .I no way was going to have her eye removed w the vet GUESSING like that .. so went home to research natural help.. I started putting in her eye Colloidal silver and giving it to her orally..I also aternated the ointment that I got from the vet (neomycin sulfate and bacitracin zinc ointment) she was almost completely well . but now I think she may have scratched the eye due to the healing and itching and its bad again .. please help ..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
479 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without seeing her, I can't comment on what might be going on, unfortunately. She may need further medications to have the eye heal, or it may be a flare-up of any previous condition. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian to see what the next step is. One option might be an ultrasound of the area around her eye, if that is available to you. I hope that she does well.

The veterinarian never came back into the room and wanted $900 to REMOVE her eye !!! And her assistant.. laughed at me when I said I am a natural healer .. and she said nothing natural will help w THIS .. and u didnt help either... BUT soo happy to say she is getting well.. w the continued use of Colloidal silver and lots of rinsing of the eye w a good saline solution to KEEP it clean ... learned this ALL on my own ,,, w NO help from any Vet!
I AM .. me amd EMMY are BOTH very grateful that I paid NO attention to any money hungry DR

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Ninja
tabby
9 months
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 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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midnight
Unsure
2 Years
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

was wondering if you could help me treat my cats eye its swollen and gunky it is more swollen on the outer corner and towards underneath it kind of looks like a lump im pretty sure he has been in a fight as there are other minor scratches on his head i have been wiping the best i can with warm salty water but he is now running a temperature and there is no vet avaliable where i live is there anything you can recommend i do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
You need to make sure that Midnight’s wounds are clean (a dilute antiseptic is best) and apply an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin as well; you should also flush the eyes with sterile saline and apply an antibiotic ophthalmic ointment as well. If Midnight is running a fever, you should get veterinary attention as the fever will need to be brought down and most likely systemic antibiotics would be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

ow ow

hello my cat just came it's midle of night here his eyelid is kind bleeding like it's injured i donn't know what happened exactly also his nose and the other eye has a dischrge both of them are closed and his face is swollen i don't know what to do i can't take hi to a vet now also the vets here suck sorry my english is not my language any help please

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Destiny
Maine Coon
3 years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 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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Giblet
Grey Tabb
3-4 weeks (unsure)
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

drainage
Swelling

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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 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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Champ
Shhes grey with green eyes
3-4weeks (not to sure)
Mild condition
0 found helpful
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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
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

hi my cat just came in with his face swollen and bleeding in his nose one eye with discharge and other eye too is closed but im afraid his eyelid in his bleeding eye is injured like it(s a bit removed what should i do it's 2 am here and no vets here too and please excuse my english it's not my native language

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Brix
tabby
8 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
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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Meow
Chantilly-Tiffany
5 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 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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