Canine Animal Eye Registry (Caer) Examinations:
The Companion Animal Eye Registry (CAER) is a division of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). CAER was developed to help track inherited eye diseases in dogs and help breeders make informed breeding decisions to improve the health of their dogs. CAER exams are performed by board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists. Owners submit their dog’s data to receive a certification number that verifies the dog has been screened, and re-examination is recommended annually. All data is submitted by examining ophthalmologists to help track trends within breeds and identify new eye diseases.
The exam is performed after eye drops are administered to dilate the pupils. Some breeds also have a pre-dilation exam if there is concern within that breed for specific conditions. If a serious ocular health problem (such as glaucoma) is suspected, a more comprehensive exam may be recommended.
The CAER exam forms are filled out by the ophthalmologist and reviewed by the OFA. Dogs are given certification numbers or advised against breeding based on the guidelines established for that specific breed by the ACVO Genetics Committee.
OFA CAER exams are ophthalmic examinations performed by American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist (ACVO) diplomates to assess breeding dogs for observable hereditary eye disease.
Our board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Allison Fuchs, is available by appointment every Thursday for CAER examinations. Call (804) 744-9800 to book your appointment today.