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Cipro, Levaquin Retinal Detachment Lawsuit for Blindness, Vision Loss

Austin Kirk

New research suggests that users of fluorquinolone antibiotics, which include Levaquin and Cipro, may face an increased risk of retinal detachment, which could lead to blindness, vision loss and other serious vision problems. Although data on the connection between retinal detachment and Levaquin or Cipro use is still being evaluated, the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are considering potential lawsuits for individuals who have been left with serious and permanent vision problems.


In a study published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Canadian researchers found that the risk of retinal detachment was five times higher among users of Levaquin, Cipro and other antibiotics that are part of a class of medications known as fluorquinolones. This is a serious eye problem, which requires emergency treatment to prevent the retina from completely detaching from its underlying layer of support tissue.

According to an article by Reuters, the researchers conducted the study because they were concerned that the same side effects of Levaquin and Cipro that impact cartilage and connective tissue and cause a risk of tendon ruptures, could impact the eye. As the story points out:

“We know that these drugs are toxic to connective tissue and cartilage,” said Mahyar Etminan, the study’s lead author, noting past studies linking fluoroquinolones with damage to Achilles and shoulder tendons.

“We wanted to see whether this damage also may translate in the eye, because there’s lots of connective tissue in the eye,” Etminan, from the Child and Family Research Institute of British Columbia in Vancouver, told Reuters Health.

Unfortunately, their findings supported the theory, raising the question:

“Why didn’t the drug makers identify this potential concern and study the potential side effects of Levaquin and Cipron on the eyes?”

Our lawyers first began reviewing potential Levaquin lawsuits for tendon ruptures more than four years ago, after the consumer group Public Citizen filed a petition with the FDA to force the manufacturers to add stronger warnings for users that they should obtain immediate medical attention if they experienced symptoms of tendon pain, that could be early signs before a complete rupture. Unfortunately, the drug makers resisted those new warnings and FDA did not force the addition of a black box warning for tendon ruptures until July 2008.

With the risk of retinal detachment from Levaquin and Cipro, warnings are also particularly important as immediate treatment is critical to reducing the risk of the retina completely detaching, resulting in blindness or permanent vision loss.

Based on the findings of this study, it appears that consumers and the medical community could have been provided better warnings about the risk of retinal detachment, so users would be aware of potential early symptoms of eye problems, such as:

  • Flashes of Light
  • Floaters or “Hairs” Visible to the Temporal Side of the Central Vision
  • Dramatic Increases in the NUmber of Floaters
  • Feeling of Heaviness in the Eye
  • Dense Shadow Progressing from Peripheral to Central Vision
  • Impression that a Veil or Curtain Was Drawn Over Field of Vision
  • Central Vision Loss


While our investigation into these cases remains in the very earliest stages, we are examining whether individuals may be entitled to financial compensation through a Cipro or Levaquin retinal detachment lawsuit as a result of the drug makers’ failure to research the side effects of their antibiotics or warn about the risk of these serious eye problems.

All potential Cipro lawsuits and Levaquin lawsuits are investigated by our office under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are no out-of-pocket expenses and we receive no attorney fees unless a recovery is secured.

To provide information about an emergency retinal detachment that occurred while taking Levaquin, Cipro or another fluorquinolone, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

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  2. I have developped many problems including eye problems after taking only 3 avelox pills… i have many floater in each eyes (about 8-9 big chunks) and i see red from the right eye… i am 26 years old and had absolutly NO HEALTH problems prior to taking that crap… it’s been 6 months already and it still goes on, and doctors deny that avelox or any fluoroquinolones could have caused my floaters, heart, nerve and msucle problems…

  3. Do not take this medication for any reason. Whatever is wrong with you, this will surly make it worst. After two years I am still having problems that affect my day to day living.

  4. CIPRO IS POISON! says:

    Two torn retinas here due just twelve Cipro pills! Unfortunately my torn retinas are about the least of my worries at this point, as I’m completely crippled as well! My life was ENDED just days after my 30th birthday by Bayer pharmaceuticals. That was three years ago now, and I’m still unable to walk more than 100ft or so. If you’re thinking about playing Russian roulette with your life by taking Cipro, I highly advise you check out my website first (Google “Cipro is poison”…my site is the first one on the list!).

  5. I took Cipro from 12/24/12 – 1/03/13 a few days later I started to have eye problems. today i was diagnosed with retinal detachment in my left eye. Surgury is set for 2/04/13.

  6. Each time I’ve taken Cipro or Levaquin I’ve experienced vision loss and the doctors kept telling me it had nothing to do with the medication. My vitreous gel detached in my right eye, huge floaters in both eyes and extreme vision changes in both eyes. Also joints aching, headaches and general malaise. I have diverticulitis and finally realized the doctors were wrong when my vision changed two lines on the eye chart after the latest dosage of CIPRO. I hope there is a law suit – I definitely want to be part of it – I’m anxious every day that I will be blind and I had no vision problems before taking this medication other than presbyopia.

  7. Has anyone heard of Lipitor causing these things?I can barely see due to floaters and blurred vision…thanks

  8. I took Levaquin for a month in 2001, and Cipro in 2003. I have a lot of tendon damage, and a very large floater in right eye, and a number of small ones in left eye. Also glaucoma in left eye.

  9. For the past 70 plus years i was a robust healthy person whose past dr visits were only required at the birth of my children and an occasional minor ailment. During the past few years i have had a UTI which required medical help. Cipro was prescribed which alleviated the intense pain. Little did i know that the terrible aches and pains i am now experiencing would cripple me to the point where i now may require hip surgery. Until i found the many sites regarding Cipro i felt alone and thought my problems, not understood by my dr, were all in my head. OMG i am not alone, i have experienced all of the symptoms previously described and was ready to give in to being crippled. I think Cipro has totally weakened my immune system which i am now trying to repair by myself.

  10. While taking Cipro I suffered a retinal detachment. This turned into multiple detachments and eventual blindness.

  11. I have taken Cipro and Levaquin over the years for UTI infections. I have tendon issues (getting MRI) and unable to walk without a stiff leg. There is NO SURGURY OR CURE for this! Also have cararacts both eyes (ready for surgery and eval to find out if any damage is related to Cipro). I want the FDA and Big Pharma to STOP this drug. It is very debilitating and no one ever counseled me about side effects! I am 74 and this all started 3 years ago, when it hit me hard. I am a very active person, exercise, lost weight, and my mobility is now constricted to a great extent.

  12. I just recently took cipro and iv’e been having hallucinations and eye problems like you guys have described a contstant hissing sound in my ears and difficulty walking when before this i was perfectly fine lifting heavy matts without an issue where i worked now i cant even lift myself up it seems like and thats not all my prostate problems are not gone either witch is what it was prescibed for regardless that stuff should be taken off the shelves.

  13. Finished a 4 week dose of Cipro in end of April for a prostate infection. Felt great, and cured. Weeks late prostate issues came back, along with joint pain, muscle tightness and neuropathy. Now, almost 3 months later I woke up to several “floaters” in both eyes out of nowhere. Optometrist says no tear or detachment for now. It has been a week. Neurological symptoms are fading but now I’m scared for my vision. Thought I was a hypochondriac. Guess not….

  14. I have had vision problems since I took Levaquin and cipro during 2007 and 2008. I was on it for about 120 days. My vision is not steady. Objects that are straight look like they are moving in wiggly lines. Dizzy and feel like throwing up most of the time. Flashes when looking left to right with my eyes closed and too many other aches and pains to list. Went to several Dr’s and told them this started with Taking Levaquin and Cipro and they back away not wanting to get involved. After 7 years I feel no better. When is a study going to be done to help people with vision issues from taking this poison? I am sure I have some kind of optic nerve damage or moving my eye left to right would note cause pain and make me dizzy.

  15. I just listed vision problems I had after taking Levaguin and Cipro. I hope everyone thta has vision issues from these drups report it to the FDA. Maybe someday they will take vison loss from these drugs serious. Right now nothing is being done because eniugh people have not complained I guess.

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