What is a cataract?
A cataract is described as when the eye develops an opacity, a white film, of the ocular lens or its capsule. Juvenile Cataracts are those that develop at an early stage in life. Some puppies developed the initial lesion that were less than six months old. The use of a slit lamp, also known as a biomicroscope, is required to diagnose cataracts. It is thought that juvenile cataracts are autosomal recessive, that is genetically passed from one generation to the next. In order for any autosomal recessive characteristic to appear in an offspring, both parents must either be carriers, or have the recessive characteristic. Some breeds of dog have a higher incidence of the disorder than others. It is imperative that breeders exercise caution to prevent the spread of this disease throughout their bloodlines.
What is CERF?
The Canine Eye Registration Foundation (C.E.R.F.) is an organization that was founded by a group of concerned, purebred owner/breeders who recognized that the quality of their dog's lives were being affected by heritable eye disease. C.E.R.F. was then established in conjunction with cooperating, board certified, veterinary ophthalmologists, as a means to accomplish the goal of elimination of heritable eye disease in all purebred dogs by forming a centralized, national registry.
Phoenix area clinics?
In the Phoenix Valley Area, "Eye Clinic For Animals" has three locations across the valley... if you are considering getting an eye clearance on your dog, ask them about their monthly clinic and you will save a few bucks!
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