OFA Companion Animal Eye Registry
OFA and ACVO have partnered to establish a new Eye Registry through OFA. This new registry is a separate organization from CERF. CERF is no longer an operating organization.
What is the Eye Certification Registry?
The purpose of the OFA Companion Animal Eye Registry (CAER) is to provide dog breed information regarding canine eye diseases so that they may make informed breeding decisions in an effort to produce healthier dogs. CAER certifications will be performed by board certified (ACVO) veterinary ophthalmologists. Regardless of whether owners submit their CAER exam forms to the OFA for “certification,” all CAER exam data is collected for aggregate statistical purposes to provide information on trends in eye disease and breed susceptibility. Clinicians and students of ophthalmology as well as interested breed clubs and individual breeders and owners of specific breeds will find this dog breed information useful as well.
How Does The Process Work?
After dilating the eyes, the ACVO Diplomate will perform a painless examination of the dog’s eyes. The doctor will complete the OFA form and indicate any disease(s) found, whether it’s pannus eye or cataracts. Dog breeding info will be offered based on guidelines established for that particular breed by the genetics committee of the ACVO. Bear in mind that OFA and the ACVO are separate but cooperating entities. The ACVO only provides their professional services and expertise to ensure that uniform standards are upheld for the certification of dog’s eyes with these organizations.
If the dog is certified to be free of heritable eye disease, you can then send in the completed owner’s copy of the OFA form with the appropriate fee. The certification is good for 1 year from the date of the exam and afterward the dog must be reexamined and re-certified to maintain its’ registration with OFA.
Regardless of the outcome of the dog’s exam, the research copy of the OFA form will be sent to the OFA office, where its information will be entered into the database for that specific breed. This information will be used in generating research reports, but the individual dog’s identities will remain confidential and will never be released.