PetMeds® Cloudy Eyes in Dogs

If your dog has cloudy eyes, it is best to have a veterinary exam performed to determine if they could be a sign of cataracts Cloudy appearing eyes are a common potential presentation of many various eye disorders in dogs. Scratches or ulcers on the cornea that covers the eye can appear as a cloudiness, in addition to inflammation of the inner structures of the eye, known as uveitis. As animals age, they will often develop a harmless degeneration of the lens known as nuclear sclerosis, which can also appear as a cloudiness to animal guardians, particularly when light is shined into the eyes. It is hard for an animal guardian, however, to distinguish this more benign cloudiness from a more serious cataract of the eye.

Cataracts can have many causes from diabetes to genetic causes in dogs. Treatment of cataracts is best done with surgery. I have not found topical herbal preparations effective in treating cataracts.

The important point to remember is that any dog with cloudy eyes should have a full veterinary exam to determine the proper diagnosis so that proper treatment can be done in an efficient manner so as to not jeopardize eyesight in some of the more serious causes of cloudy eyes.

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  3. I have 2 dogs who have been diagnosed with cataracts. I have received quotes on cataract surgery that have ranged from $3800 to $5000 per dog. I have read about the potential complications which are making me think twice. I was reading online about NAC (n-acetylcarnosine) eye drops that have been used to improve vision in dogs. Is this an alternative remedy being used in the USA?

  4. My dog has cataracts, but he still seems to see things and get around without bumping into things. Should he still get cataract surgery? He is 17 years old and a Bichon Frise.

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 9, 2013 at 10:18 am · Reply

      At age 17 I would think long and hard about risks of anesthesia. May be worth letting dog live out life with cataracts.

  5. I have a picapooh and she is only three years old she has white spots in the center of her left eye vet said it was a cateract but did not do any tests I’ve read about these drops for her eyes and wondered if it would be safe to use the she is to young to live the rest of her life half blind and I can’t afford surgery I live on a very fixed income and can’t find any free help for her.

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm · Reply

      There are no proven effective topical cataract drops that I am familiar with, however there are some product available that are probably worth trying if surgery not possible for you.

  6. If there are some products available worth trying would you please let me know I would like to check them out and see if I could get some help for her eyes It would diffently be worth the try thank you

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 18, 2013 at 9:36 pm · Reply

      Would need a specific diagnosis of eye condition to make topical recommendations. Oral supplements for eyes that I like include Iplex and oculotrophin PMG from the company standard process which you can find on line

  7. Lorraine GilbertMarch 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm · Reply

    I have a yorkie about 4 to 5 lbs. She is 13 years old now. She is on Soloxine thyroid meds 0.1 mg. She is doing well with that and eating well and is very active for her age, but just lately we noticed that she has a slightly blue cast in the back of both her very brown eyes. We were showing her off to some friends outdoors one day where it is brighter when we saw it for the 1st time but indoors we can’t see it as her eyes are so dark. She loves to lay in the sun for warmth when it is cold so am wondering if that caused it or the meds she is taking? We are on a fixed income also so have you ever heard of this bluish looking cast in an animals eyes?

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 6, 2013 at 1:19 am · Reply

      The thyroid medicine has nothing to do with the eye changes. could be aging changes. Best to have evaluated by a vet for accurate diagnosis.

  8. My chihwua is 14 years ols and has cataracts,from what I have been reading I should leave her eyes alone at this age, is she in any pain? Doesn’t seem to be. Has arthritis in left hip from fall as puppy but seems to be healthy otherwise.

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm · Reply

      Yes I would probably leave eyes alone. Try joint supplements like glycoflex II from 1800petmeds, as well as antioxidant proanthozone.

  9. We have a 10 year old eskie that had diabetes from very early life. She is successfully on insulin, twice a day. Now we are seeing cataracts. Do not think she is good candidate for surgery because of age, diabetes ect, She still sees well enough and gets around easily. HOWEVER, would love to try any drops available to slow deterioration process
    . ( we are not anti surgery having just been through successfully TPLO surgery with her golden retriever sister…)
    Thanks for your thoughts. Joan

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 27, 2014 at 12:25 am · Reply

      I would consult with local vet opthomologist on this and see whether your dog is in fact a good candidate for eye surgery. Usually drops not effective here.

  10. I noticed when I went home that my daughter’s dog has a cloudy eye; a month later when I went home another one of the dog’s had it. well, just this past week I noticed another one of the dog had a runny eye and mucous in the eye. now this dog’s eye is cloudy as well. really can’t afford a vet. can anyone suggest something, anything that can help or do I need to take them to the vet

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 18, 2014 at 4:28 am · Reply

      Eye conditions like this always need veterinary exams and evaluations for proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

  11. I have a 12 year old yorkie. She is for the most part very happy. She still loves to play.. She does have a cataract in her right eye, now her left eye to is starting with one.. i love my dog very much thinking to have the right eye surgery . So at least she will be able to see. She is only 3lbs. So afraid of surgery. I live close to Hershey Pa. Do you know of any vets in area you could recommend to do surgery ?? My vet does not do it . If she was your dog would you have the surgery ??

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm · Reply

      I would ask your vet for a referral in your area to a vet eye specialist. There are some in Frazier PA

  12. I need information too about cataracts or cloudy eyes my dog is 11 years old and now He looks He is having troubles to get around I will try the surgery but I just spent a lot on Him taking off a zist otherwise He is very Healthy playful and eats rigth. and joint pain is not there.

  13. I have a yorkie he is 7 years old. He got scratch by a cat in his eye. It looks real weak and cloudiness or mucus keeps forming. What should I do

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2015 at 1:39 pm · Reply

      Sorry to get to this a few weeks out, but in any case of eye injury in pets, an immediate veterinary exam is always recommended due to possibility of scratch on cornea known as eye ulcer.

  14. My 7 year old sheltie was just diagnosed with a grade 4 heart murmur and was put on 10 mg of Enalapril every 12 hours. This was about 2 weeks ago. Today he left eye is a cloudy white, I put a drop of visine in it to see it better. He did not have this before he started the meds. Is this a side effect or natural aging? This is the one and only time I put drops in it to look at it. I also noticed the right eye is red. I don’t know if it was scratched and will wait a few days as I can not get him to the vet until my next payday. Just spent 750 for his visit 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately, he needs xrays and a echo for his heart that I did not anticipate as he was fine 6 months ago and it was not heartworm, any suggestions?

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