OFA Eye Certification Registry
(Orthopedic Foundation for Animals Eye Certification Registry Examinations)
The goal of ACVO and OFA is to identify those conditions that should be selected away from when breeding. To simplify, dogs with bad hips should not be bred, and dogs with inherited cataracts and certain other eye diseases are not suitable for breeding either. Other problems result from facial conformation considered desirable by breeders. For example, breeding for prominent eyes and facial folds in dogs might lead to corneal irritation, scarring, and eventual blindness (see Macropalpebral Fissure Syndrome).
OFA ECR works with the ACVO genetics committee to determine ocular conditions that are identified with certain breeds.
Please contact OFA if you need more information:
- Website: http://www.offa.org
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mailing Address: Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
2300 E Nifong Boulevard
Columbia, Missouri, 65201-3806
- Phone: (573) 442-0418
- Fax: (573) 875-5073
OFA ECR examinations are annual examinations performed at Animal Eye Care and at our Eye Registration Clinics by appointment. The exam is performed after drops are placed in the eyes to dilate the pupils. The OFA ECR exam consists of indirect ophthalmoscopy and biomicroscopy. It is not a comprehensive ocular health examination, but rather an ocular screening exam. For example, the OFA ECR exams do not entail measuring tear production, staining the eyes for the presence of corneal ulcers, or measuring intraocular pressures. If a serious ocular health problem (such as glaucoma) is suspected during the exam, the exam may need to be “converted” to a comprehensive ocular examination if circumstances warrant this action. There is an additional charge for a comprehensive ocular examination.
We cannot examine more than 12 puppies or more than 6 adult dogs at a time. Puppies must be at least 8 weeks old to be examined. If you are presenting a large number of dogs, the dogs must stay outside or in your vehicle until ready to be examined, and brought in one at a time. If more than 4 puppies or more than 3 adult dogs are being examined, you must bring someone to help you, as we don’t have enough personnel to assist with larger groups of dogs. Please arrive 30 minutes early for your appointment, to allow time for the pupils to dilate. Please refrain from bringing male dogs together with bitches in heat. Also indicate if any of your dogs have difficult temperaments while their eyes are being examined.
The dilating drops will keep the pupils dilated for 6–8 hours. If your dog is a working dog, such as a Dog Guide or other type of certified assistance dog, please arrange for someone to assist you while your dog’s pupils are still dilated, as the dog may not be able to safely care for you until the pupils are no longer dilated.
We wish to make your visit to Animal Eye Care pleasant! Please let us know how we can best help you and our patients during your visit.
OFA ECR (genetic eye registration) Clinics
Animal Eye Care is pleased to offer an OFA ECR Clinic in May and November each year, at its hospital in Bellingham. These Clinics are held on Saturday afternoons (see OFA registration form). Dogs are screened and examined on a tightly organized schedule, with as many as 90 dogs being examined in a four hour time frame. The cost is less than when OFA ECR exams are scheduled during the regular workweek at Animal Eye Care.
If you or your breed club/kennel club are interested in hosting an OFA ECR clinic in Northwest Washington, please call our office and speak with our staff. You may also call Animal Eye Care to see where our next scheduled OFA ECR Clinic will be held, and who the contact person or kennel club is for the event.