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CAER Online (or Paper) Application for Eye Exams
Purebred dogs have inherited eye diseases that can be blinding or affect eye health. In an effort to limit or eradicate genetic ocular diseases, Veterinary Eye Center participates in the OFA Companion Animal Eye Registry (CAER) program. The OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) organization collect data on breeding dogs and issues certificates determining a dog's fitness for breeding. The Genetics Committee of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) determines the guidelines for CAER eye certification and regularly evaluates and recommends how dogs should be bred, depending on their eye exam status. CERF is no longer providing data to or working with the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
Eye Examination Process
Dogs can receive a CAER Eye Certification examination at their veterinary eye specialist's hospital, or at local CAER Eye Certification clinics that are frequently held at dog shows, general veterinary practices or at breed clubs. Only specialists in veterinary ophthalmology who are Diplomates of the ACVO can do a CAER Eye Certification Registry exam (see FAQs for more information on DACVO).
Eye exams are done after drops are given to dilate the eyes. The front part of the eye is examined with a slit-lamp biomicroscope and the back part of the eye is examined with lenses and a indirect ophthalmoscope.
CAER Eye Certification Registry forms