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If your pet has an eye condition, you may be asked to first take a photograph of your pet’s eye before coming into the surgery so we can make a first assessment of the issue. This can often be difficult due to the reflective nature of the surface of pets eyes, as well as trying to keep your pet still for long enough to take the picture.

Why Might You be Asked to Photograph Your Pet’s Eye?

Taking good quality pictures can give us a lot more information about your pet’s eye problem. This allows us to support you and your pet in the most appropriate way. Assessment of photographs cannot replace a full eye examination and there will be conditions that we cannot diagnose on a picture alone.

What Tools Do You Need to Photograph Your Pet’s Eye?

To photograph your pet’s eye, all you need is a camera or smartphone that has manual flash and focus functions. You’ll also need sufficient lighting and an assistant to help keep your pet still.

How to Take a Photo of your Pets Eye

Follow these simple steps to take a clear, useful image of your pet’s eye for us to examine.

Environment Preparation

Prepare your environment before attempting to take the picture. Make sure to close all of the curtains or blinds in the room and turn on all of the lights. Don’t try to take the image using natural light or outdoors.

Camera Settings

Following on from environment preparation, you should also ensure to use the flash on your camera to ensure good lighting. If you’re using a smartphone or more advanced camera, use the focus setting by tapping on your pet’s eye on the screen. This should make the camera focus solely on the eye and make it clearer.

Ready your Pet

Make your job easier by asking another person to hold your pet still while you take the image. To take a close up image of your pet’s eye, gently open their eyelids using your thumb and forefinger. When you’re ready to take the photo, gain their attention to make sure that they’re looking directly at the camera.

Top Tips For Clarity

  • Ensure you pet’s eye takes up the central third of the screen
  • Don’t position the camera too close to your pet’s eye as the image may turn out blurry
  • However, if you position the camera too far from your pet’s eye, our vets will not be able to see enough detail
  • Don’t forget to use the flash and focus functions if your camera has them
    Send us a picture of both eyes, even if the problem is only in one eye, so that we can compare

How to submit your photos

Once you have taken your photo, simply send the photos along with a short history to hello@knutsford.vet

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