What Causes Dogs To Go Blind


Dogs Blindness is when there is a loss of vision in both eyes. Although it is difficult to determine when it begins, but by observing specific symptoms you may be able to discern the loss of vision. Some dogs are born blind while some are affected by a disease.

Sad but true, dog’s blindness is one of the common problems that affects many dogs. This permanent loss of vision in dogs is associated with a series of dog health problems. While in some cases dogs may be blind from birth, in most cases, vision loss may occur over a period of time, so much so that even the dog’s owner may not be aware of it. This is because dogs have a remarkable sense of adaptation and therefore can compensate for the loss of vision with an amazing ease. In case of sudden or sudden appearance of blindness, this adaptation may be slower. Here are some of the causes, symptoms of this blindness.


The causes of blindness can range from diseases of the dog to hereditary causes or even injuries to the eyes. There are a number of diseases that can cause blindness in your dog. Here is a list of some of the dog’s common health problems that could result in blindness.

• Cataracts

• Glaucoma

• Inflammation and infection of the retina

• Retinal detachment

• Corneal disease

• Waterfalls

• Anterior and posterior uveitis

• Optic Nerve Diseases

• Diseases that affect the occipital cortex

• Ocular lesions and tumors.

It is observed that dogs suffering from diabetes mellitus, hypertension or Cushing’s disease are increasingly prone to suffer from cataracts or the development of white opacity in the lens of the eye. An untreated eye infection or strokes are some problems of the dog’s eyes that result in temporary or permanent blindness. Dogs in their old age may suffer from blurred vision or complete blindness of the eye. Certain diseases such as glaucoma and uveitis can be painful for dogs and therefore the dog may need eye surgery.


Apart from been blind from birth, there are some certain symptoms which can result to dog blindness you will notice when a dog is becoming blind. The onset of blindness in dogs is difficult to determine since the other senses of the dog are sharp enough to compensate for blindness. However, you may have to watch out for symptoms or changes in the behavior of the dog, such as clumsiness and tripping over things, inability to locate the source of food, loss of interactive behavior and confusion in a strange environment. Most of the time, the dog is very attentive and simply stays stuck in one place. If the onset of vision loss was very gradual, it is likely that the dog has no problems adapting to family environments. However, in the case of a sudden loss of vision, dogs have less time to adapt, so they may appear disoriented and confused. In such a case, it is best to take your dog to the vet for immediate treatment.

Finally, as a pet owner, it can be painful for you to know that your dog has been diagnosed with blindness. However, instead of panicking, you need to understand that you need to create an environment conducive to your dog that is safe and enjoyable for him. Keep your home free of obstacles that may harm your dog and do not rearrange furniture or other objects in the house. Keep verbal communication strong and clear and always talk to the dog when entering the room. Be very careful of the dog when there are stairs in the house. With all this love and extra care, dog’s blindness can soon be overcome, and your dog will begin to live a normal and happy life.