You may or may not have noticed in photos that Athena has a slight lazy left eye. It's often apparent in some photos more than others, but if you were to interact with Athena in person, you would definitely be able to distinguish her lazy eye from her strong eye.
Not long after adopting Athena, B and I started to notice that the movement in her left eye was a bit slower than her right. If looking at us in just the right way, Athena's left eye appears to be looking away from us, rather than straight at us.
We brought up the issue with one of our trainers who suggested that Athena's lazy eye might actually be causing her to have some impaired vision problems. A dog's eyesight is already weak, which means that a vision impairment could cause them to have an even more difficult time seeing and making out objects and figures. We've always known that sometimes Athena can't see where we throw the ball at the park, but we just assumed that it was because she's not the sharpest tool in the shed. Then we started to think that some of her fears, especially of people, may even stem from her possible vision problem.
No, we haven't taken Athena to a vet to have her vision checked, because really, her lazy eye does not seem to be severe. However, we may consider a vision check for the future if any other issues arise that may be connected to Athena's lazy eye.
Has your dog ever experienced a vision impairment?