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


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

It is very hard to discover a certain eye disease in your dog; that is why you should be very attentive when you are checking your pet for any kind of illnesses. 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 by specialists by their 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 progress) 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 animals 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 can 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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Written by Silvia Brown
Glad to see you, my friends! I started this blog several years ago as a hobby and continue to write articles about dogs.
I'm a dog lover and the proud owner of two wonderful dogs: French Bulldog Maya and Beagle Tom. It's been more than 10 years since I had a dogs and worked closely with them. I've raised four dogs throughout my life and have experience assisting in the births of two dogs. At least once a week, I volunteer with friends at a dog shelter AMA Animal Rescue and Animal Care Centers of NYC in NY.
Medically reviewed by Awilda Rodriguez, DVM on November 7th, 2016,

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