Can dogs see well with one eye?

My dog may loose her eye due to an ulcer. I was wondering if this will affect her badly or will she be able to adapt with one good eye?

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    By: Erin Broersma El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    To ease your worry, I would do a google search for dogs living with one eye, you will be pleasantly surprised and able to see pictures of what to expect in the healing process. Thankfully, she will still have one eye to use, dogs (as are most animals), can adapt to this change without much bother to their normal life. Once the surgery has been performed to remove the problem eye, the healing process will take a few weeks and she will be much happier to not have an eye that is causing her constant pain. If the ulcer is severe enough that the eye will be lost, this is a very painful thing, although she may be hiding this well. If she will be having an enucleation (the procedure the remove the eye), post-surgery your biggest challenge will be to keep her from scracthing at her face and pulling stitches. A "buster," or E-collar would be advised. She will be a little more unique, but will be able to live a normal life.

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