Common Eye Problems of Labrador Retrievers: Symptoms of Eye Diseases and Caring


The eye is the most vulnerable organ of this breed that can be damaged very easily.

It is very hard to discover a certain eye disease of your dog; that is why you should be very attentive when you are checking your pet for any kind of illnesses. And if you have noticed any sign of inflammation, you should immediately visit a veterinarian.

Symptoms of Eye Problems

Among the most apparent signs of eye diseases specialists point out the following ones:

  • Profuse discharge from the eyes of a dog that can be white or greenish.
  • Reddening of mucous membranes of eyelids.
  • Narrowing of your dog’s lids.
  • Eye itching.
  • Exposure of nictitant membrane.
Advice: if you have taken notice of any of the symptoms mentioned above, we strongly recommend you to visit a specialist to define the existing problem and prescribe treatment as soon as possible.

The Main Eye Diseases of Labradors

The eye is the weakest point almost in all dogs’ bodies. That is why there are a lot of eye diseases that can appear because of infection or insufficient health care from the owners:

  • conjunctivitis;
  • keratitis;
  • cataract;
  • glaucoma;
  • retinal detachment;
  • ectropion of eyelids;
  • ectropion of nictitant membrane;
  • adenoma of nictitant membrane.

However, all these diseases are not so widespread, except cataract and retinal atrophy. The two following paragraphs will concern the symptoms of these two diseases.


The phenomenon of lenticular opacity is called cataract. This disease can appear because of genetic or external factors. It can develop in one eye or in both eyes. The origins of cataract can be found out by specialists by its form, size, location and the age of the sick animal. If the disease develops very fast, the dog can become blind. In the opposite case (if cataract does not progresses) usually there are no complications, and sometimes the diseases passes without any surgical interventions.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

This disease usually affects both eyes of the dog and it leads very often to complete blindness. Mature animal are more likely to suffer from it, and the symptoms of PRA can be latent for four or seven years. However, if atrophy progresses very slowly, many sick dogs are able to adapt to it.

Attention! Among the symptoms of PRA are the following ones: night-blindness, greenish shade of the eyes and intensified reflection of light at night, and constant pupillary dilatation.

The causes of this disease are usually genetic. Sadly, this illness is incurable; that is why you should pay special attention to the certificates of your pet’s parents in order to avoid taking a dog predisposed to PRA.

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