OFA CAER Exams (formerly CERF)
VECO offers OFA-CAER (Companion Animal Eye Registry) examinations by appointment. Please arrive fifteen minutes before your appointment time for pupil dilation. Exam forms are triplicate and must be filled out at your appointment time. Please ensure that you bring all appropriate contact information, the patient’s AKC (or other registry) registration number, and date of birth. Alternatively, online registration can be completed by visiting OFA.
The CAER exam is performed after drops are placed in the eyes to dilate the pupils and consists of indirect ophthalmoscopy and slit lamp biomicroscopy. If a serious ocular health problem (such as glaucoma) is suspected during the exam, a more comprehensive exam will be recommended. Following the examination, the ophthalmologist will complete the CAER exam form or record the results in OFA Online and indicate any specific observable conditions found. Breeding advice will be offered based on the guidelines established for that specific breed by the ACVO Genetics Committee. Because inherited eye diseases can appear at anytime during an animal’s lifetime, CAER examinations can be performed as early as 7 weeks of age and are recommended annually.