How do you check a puppy’s eyesight?

Answered by John Hunt

To check a puppy’s eyesight, there are a few simple steps you can follow. It’s important to note that puppies’ eyesight may not be fully developed yet, so it’s normal for them to not have perfect vision right away. However, if you suspect that your puppy may have a vision problem, it’s always a good idea to consult with a veterinarian for a professional diagnosis.

1. Choose a quiet and well-lit area: Find a calm and well-lit space where you can perform the test without distractions. This will help ensure accurate results and minimize any external influences on your puppy’s behavior.

2. Position your hand: Start by placing your hand about 18 inches away from your puppy’s face. Make sure your hand is at eye level with your puppy, so it’s within their line of sight. You can use either hand, but be consistent throughout the test.

3. Observe your puppy’s reaction: Slowly move your hand towards your puppy’s face, stopping when your hand is about three inches away. Pay close attention to your puppy’s response. If their eyes blink or they turn their head in response to your hand movement, it suggests that they can see and are aware of the object approaching.

4. Repeat the test: Repeat the test a few times, using different hand movements and speeds. This will help you confirm your puppy’s visual response and rule out any temporary distractions or coincidences in their behavior.

5. Note any abnormalities: If your puppy consistently fails to react to your hand movement or shows signs of visual impairment, such as bumping into objects or difficulty tracking movement, it may be an indication of a vision problem. In such cases, it’s best to consult with a veterinarian for further examination and guidance.

It’s important to remember that this test provides a basic assessment of your puppy’s eyesight and cannot replace a comprehensive examination by a professional. If you have concerns about your puppy’s eyesight, it’s always recommended to seek veterinary advice. They can conduct a thorough evaluation and provide appropriate recommendations or treatments if necessary.

In my personal experience, I had a puppy who seemed to have difficulty seeing objects from a distance. I performed the test described above and noticed that he consistently failed to react to my hand movements. Concerned about his vision, I scheduled a visit with my veterinarian. After a comprehensive examination, it was determined that my puppy had a congenital eye condition that required medical intervention. Thanks to early detection and treatment, his vision improved significantly, and he can now navigate his surroundings with ease.

Remember, early detection and intervention are key when it comes to addressing potential vision problems in puppies. So, don’t hesitate to seek professional advice if you have any concerns about your furry friend’s eyesight.