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What are “cloudy” eyes in dogs?

Like humans, dogs can also have various eye problems. However, since there is no option of using eyeglasses, canes and helpers, animals may have greater consequences from vision loss compared to humans.

Thus, eye defects and complications in animals should be addressed immediately.

As dogs age, it can be common for a little cloudiness to appear in the eyes in a cloudy spot or section of the lens. In most cases, it is linked to a natural aging process called lenticular or nuclear sclerosis, which causes both eyes to change at the same time (sometimes it may only be one eye). 

In other cases, cloudy eyes can indicate diseases or trauma that may impact vision and/or cause pain and discomfort. In some cases, the cloudiness can be in front of the lens and not related to the lens itself. 

Distinguishing between the color, type of cloudiness (white and opaque or bluish and cloudy) and whether it was a sudden or gradual change can all help provide some clues about the underlying cause of the cloudiness.

Most cases of ‘cloudy eyes’ in dogs are caused by lenticular sclerosis, a common condition associated with aging

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