cloudy eye in dogs

Cloudy Eye in Dogs

Overview of Cloudy Eye in Dogs

A cloudy eye or increased opacity of the eye is associated with the reduced transparency of either the cornea, the fluid media within the eye, or the lens. In dogs, this change may be described as a “film” covering the eye or as an increased cloudiness within the eye. Cloudiness of the eye may or may not be associated with a reduction in vision.

The causes of a cloudy eye typically fall into one of the following categories:

What to Watch For

Diagnosis of Cloudy Eye in Dogs

Diagnostic tests are essential in determining the precise cause of the cloudy eye. Tests may include:

Treatment of Cloudy Eye in Dogs

Successful treatment depends on obtaining an accurate diagnosis as to what tissue of the eye is cloudy and what is the underlying cause of the problem.

Home Care

Optimal treatment for your dog requires a combination of home and professional veterinary care. Follow-up examinations can be critical to your pet’s health. Also, do not delay in bringing your dog to the hospital for initial examination as some causes of a cloudy eye may result in a loss of vision within a very short period of time.

In addition, do the following:

In-depth Information on Canine Cloudy Eyes

Numerous changes in the cornea of the eye may result in cloudiness, including:

It is essential that a specific cause be identified in order to initiate appropriate therapy. In general, opacities of the eye that develop suddenly, reduce vision, and/or cause pain (rubbing eye, squinting) are inherently more serious and necessitate immediate medical attention.

Diagnosis In-depth

The following diagnostic tests are essential in helping to diagnose and treat your pet’s ocular disease:

Treatment In-depth

Therapy is dependent upon the underlying cause.