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What is Retinal Detachment?

Retinal detachment in cats is a condition that occurs when the retina detaches, or separates, from the innermost lining of the eyeball. The retina is a sensitive membrane within your cat’s eye that receives light impulses through the lens. The retina then sends this information to the brain, which processes the visual information allowing for sight. Retinal detachment is a severe condition that may cause permanent blindness in your cat if treatment is delayed. If you suspect your cat is suffering from this condition you should seek immediate veterinary care for the best potential of a positive outcome.

Symptoms of Retinal Detachment in Cats

Retinal detachment causes blindness in your cat. While this may be obvious to spot if the condition is affecting both eyes, if retinal detachment is unilateral (only involving the vision of one eye), the symptoms may be more subtle. Signs to watch for that your cat may be suffering from retinal detachment include:

  • Lack or reduction in movement
  • Bumping into things
  • Falling excessively or missing jumps
  • Improper dilation of eye

Causes of Retinal Detachment in Cats

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates from the other, supportive structures within the eyeball, disrupting the normal communication of information from the outside world to the brain. There are several common causes of this condition:

  • Hypertension or elevated blood pressure
  • Trauma or injury
  • Buildup of fluid behind the eye such as blood from a hemorrhage
  • Age-related degenerative conditions in older cats
  • Congenital defects (defects in the eye that your cat is born with)
  • Glaucoma
  • Side effect from eye surgery for cataracts or glaucoma
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Tumors

Diagnosis of Retinal Detachment in Cats

Diagnosis of retinal detachment in your cat will begin with a thorough physical examination conducted in your veterinarian’s office. You should supply a complete medical and physical history of your cat to your vet at this time. You should note your cat’s approximate age if known and whether they have any history of other medical conditions. Of particular importance will be whether your cat has previously been diagnosed with hypertension, thyroid disease or other conditions from the list of potential causes of retinal detachment. You should also let your vet know whether your cat has recently suffered any traumatic impact or injury or whether they are allowed outside on a regular basis where they could have become injured.

Based on the information you provide, your veterinarian will proceed to thoroughly examine your cat’s eye for any signs of injury, tears or other damage. This will be done using an ophthalmoscope, a device similar to one used by human eye care professionals. In many cases, your veterinarian will also need to dilate your cat’s eyes. Similar to the procedure in humans, several drops of a dilating liquid are placed in your pet’s eyes and allowed to take effect. These drops are harmless and may cause impaired vision in your cat until they wear off.

Your veterinarian will also want to perform a full blood work up for your cat. These results will indicate whether your pet is suffering from an underlying condition that is causing the retinal detachment, such as hypertension or a thyroid disorder.

Treatment of Retinal Detachment in Cats

Treatment of retinal detachment in your cat will depend on the underlying cause and the severity of the injury in your pet. First, if your cat is suffering from swelling, hemorrhaging or hypertension, your vet will administer medications to immediately reduce the inflammation. This will treat the underlying cause of the detachment. 

The next step is to correct the detachment. This can be done with a conservative approach using medications or with surgical reattachment. In cases which the detachment is partial, allowing time for healing and regeneration of the retina is preferred. Anti-inflammatory drugs or steroids may be given to help support the healing process. In most mild cases, this conservative approach will be sufficient.

If there is significant damage or a complete tear of the retina, your vet may want to perform surgery on your cat’s eye. This will be a delicate procedure that should be conducted by a specialist in feline eye surgery. Your cat will need to undergo anesthesia for this procedure, which has a variety of potential risks if your cat is not otherwise in good health.

Recovery of Retinal Detachment in Cats

Depending on the severity of the detachment, your cat has a good prognosis for long term recovery after suffering retinal detachment. In most cases, your cat will have partial to full recovery of vision within several months. If your cat’s eye has been surgically repaired, it may take slightly longer for recovery. Since these types of injuries are prone to recur due to the weakness caused by the initial onset, you should strictly follow your vet’s treatment plan for dealing with the underlying condition and follow any post-operative instructions to ensure the best possible outcome for your pet.

Retinal Detachment Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Maine Coon
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vision Problems

my cats eydilatire constantly dilated. I took her to our vet on Monday morning and she was diagnosed with partial detached retinas in both eyes. Her pupils would constrict but only randomly. The vet prescribed prescribed Amlodipine and I began giving her the medication on Monday morning. Today is Friday and when she is in the sunlight her pupils constrict normally however she still does not have vision. Does the improvement in pupils dilating and constriction indicate a improvement in her condition?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If her detached retinas were due to high blood pressure the Amlodipine may help with her condition, but she will most likely need frequent rechecks to assess her vision, her blood pressure, and her general condition. I hope that she recovers well.

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15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vision loss

My cat has was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure we notice a couple days ago that she could see and her pupils were constantly dilated. She is on medication for her bp and we were told that one retina seemed to be partially attached. What are the odds that my cat will get any of her vision back? How long will it take for the retina to reattach itself and heal? Should we consider surgery?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Shila. Whether her retina will reattach itself and heal depends largely on how high her blood pressure was and the degree to which it detached. I don't know these details, but your veterinarian will know the answers to those questions. Typically, detached retinas due to high blood pressure don't reattach themselves without surgery, and that eye doesn't usually regain vision, but if the detachment is very minor, there is a chance that it may without surgery. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian and have them answer those questions for Shila specifically. I hope that she does well.

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Maine Coon
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Foggy eye, dialated eye, bloody eye

Medication Used

Steroid drops

My cat had his 4 canine teeth removed several weeks ago. After the surgery the cat’s eye filled with blood. Now the cat’s eye is filmy, dialated and does not reflect light. Our vet will not give a straight answer. The cat seems to be in no pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2514 Recommendations
From your description I cannot think of a connection between the tooth extractions and the issues with the eyes, I would suggest applying artificial tears to the eye in case it is dry and visit another Veterinarian for an examination including checking the eye pressure and looking for issues with the cornea and uvea. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat has gone blind and it’s been about a year since his retinas detached, would surgery be able to get his sight back even though he’s been blind for so long?

There is research now that claims If a cats mouth is open to wide during oral surgery this can cause blindness.

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