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I am taking Levaquin and I was warned that the drug could cause retinal detachment. What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?

In April 2012, Canadian and American researchers published a study that linked fluoroquinolone antibiotics to an increased risk of an eye injury called retinal detachment.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are to treat a wide range of infections. This class of drugs includes some of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics, including Levaquin (levofloxacin), Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin), Factive (gemifloxacin), Floxin (ofloxacin otic), Noroxin (norfloxacin), and Proquin (ciprofloxacin). Any of these drugs can cause damage to the retina.

The retina is a thin layer of light-sensitive tissue that covers the back of the eye. The retina is responsible for converting the light that enters the eye into signals that can be sent to the brain through the optic nerve. These signals become the image that we see. Without the retina, we can’t see complete images.

Retinal detachment is an eye disorder that occurs when the retina separates from the back of the eye and loses contact with the blood vessels that provide the retinal cells with oxygen. If retinal detachment is not immediately treated, the cells will die, causing permanent eye damage and vision loss.

Anyone who is taking Cipro, Levaquin or other fluoroquinolone antibiotics should be aware of the warning signs of retinal detachment:

  • Sudden increase in floaters
  • Unexplained flashes of light or bright streaks
  • Blurry vision
  • A shadow or curtain that obstructs part of the field vision
  • Sudden loss of vision


If you notice any of these symptoms while taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics, contact your doctor immediately. Without immediate medical attention, you could lose your vision.

It is estimated that as many as 1,600 cases of retinal detachment each year could be linked to the use of fluoroquinolones. Do you have permanent vision loss from retinal detachment while taking Cipro or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic? Contact a Cedar Rapids drug injury lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, disability and pain and suffering. To learn more about Cipro injury lawsuits, call Hupy and Abraham at 888-807-2752. The consultation is free.


Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham