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Lens Luxation (Dislocated Eye Lens) In Cats: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Lens luxation in cats is a medical condition that occurs when one of a cat’s lenses becomes dislocated. The condition can be categorized as either anterior luxation or posterior luxation depending on whether the lens falls forward or backwards respectively when it dislocates.

This condition can often be caused by some form of inflammation that is affecting the eye area. It seems to affect all cats equally, regardless of breed or age.

If you see signs that your kitty might be developing eye issues, then you must consult your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and advice. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of lens luxation in cats.

Symptoms Of Lens Luxation In Cats

Lens luxation in cats can cause a range of symptoms. Some of the most frequently seen symptoms include:

  • Eyes becoming swollen and reddish
  • Squinting a lot
  • Lens seeming to tremble
  • Iris seeming to tremble
  • Eyes looking cloudy
  • Lens seeming to be abnormally placed

Causes Of Lens Luxation In Cats

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The cause of a dislocated eye lens in cats can be a number of things. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Presence of a tumor in the eye
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Glaucoma
  • Trauma

Veterinary Treatments

If you start to worry that your cat might be developing lens luxation, your veterinarian will want to conduct a full physical examination. This will also involve a detailed eye examination.

The process for diagnosis usually involves attempting to rule out other conditions that could cause similar symptoms, so the sort of tests your vet might suggest will vary from case to case.

Once a vet has confirmed a diagnosis, treatment can involve removing the dislocated lens through a surgical procedure. In some cases, an artificial eye might be suggested as part of the treatment process.

While your cat recovers, they will need to be able to relax and rest up in a calm and quiet home environment. You will also need to schedule regular visits to your vet to properly monitor the condition and your cat’s recovery.

Has your cat developed lens luxation? What steps did your vet take to help your cat? Tell us all about it in the comments below.

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