Optigen is a company that provides genetic testing for many inherited eye conditions.” Then, “If one wishes to purchase a puppy, it would be advisable to ask whether the parents had passed a screening or Optigen examination. If one wishes to purchase a puppy, it would be advisable to ask whether the parents had passed a screening eye examination. Owners with dogs who fail a screening examination are advised against breeding those individuals. Early cataracts and retinal disease can easily go undetected until they are advanced, and may take years to progress to cause overt disease.
The second issue concerns treatment. Board certified ophthalmologists are trained to diagnose and treat all ocular diseases whether they are inherited or not. Eyelid problems and cataracts are particularly amenable to surgical correction. Many otherwise painful or blind animals can be helped in such a fashion. In this manner, the inherited conditions could never be inadvertently passed on.