Neurological Symptom: Vision Loss

Vision loss can indicate that something is not working properly in the brain and/or nerves connecting to the eyes. If your pet has experienced sudden vision loss or gradual vision loss that your regular vet cannot explain, bring your furry family member to The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center (The ANIC) for advanced diagnostics and treatment.

How to Identify Vision Loss in Pets

Because pets cannot tell you when their visual acuity is diminishing, you must rely on other signs of vision loss. Pets who are losing their ability to see may:

  • Bump into objects
  • Exhibit difficulty tracking and/or locating an object (like their favorite toy)
  • Use their nose more than their eyes to detect or locate things or navigate spaces

Pets with vision loss may also be more “clingy,” sticking to familiar spaces and loss

Possible Causes of Vision Loss

Vision loss in pets can be the result of either dysfunction or degeneration in the eyes or the neurological system.

Primary eye causes of vision loss include:

  • Cataracts
  • Retinal degeneration

These issues may require intervention from your regular veterinarian or other veterinary specialists.

neurological causes of vision loss include:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Stroke
  • Tumor

The ANIC has the advanced training and imaging capabilities to accurately diagnose and, in many cases, effectively treat or manage neurological -related vision loss.

Treatment for Neurological-Related Vision Loss

For many pets who have experienced vision loss because of a neurological disorder, vision loss can return—sometimes on its own, sometimes after treatment. Treatment for vision loss is most commonly prescription medication or surgery. Our board-certified neurologists will help you understand treatment options and prognosis for your pet after we identify the cause of vision loss.

Contact us to schedule a neurological exam at our clinic nearest you.

Vision loss can be a symptom of neurological dysfunction. If your pet has lost some or all of its vision, contact us to schedule a neurological exam.

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