The Scottish Sheepdog’s Hereditary Eye Problems – How to treat Collie Eye Anomaly?

Dog owner question

"Hi! We have a wonderful Scottish Shepherd dog, Lassie, who has been acting strange lately. It seems like he can't see objects very well and often trips over things. What could be the problem?"

Veterinary answer

"Hi! It's very important that you noticed Lassie's strange behaviour.

As you mentioned, Scottish Sheepdogs, especially Rough and Smooth Collie breeds, are prone to a genetic eye problem known as Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA).

This hereditary disorder causes abnormalities in the development of the retina (the back of the eye that detects and transmits light to the brain) and surrounding structures.

Symptoms of the disease can vary, from the mildest cases, such as age-related thinning of the retina, to the most severe cases, such as retinal detachment, which can lead to blindness!

Diagnosis of CEA requires expertise and a detailed eye examination, which is best carried out by a veterinary ophthalmologist. This usually involves examining the inside of the eye with special instruments.

Unfortunately, if Lassie is diagnosed with CEA, there is no cure for this disease.

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However, it is important to note that the progression of the disease usually stops by the end of puppyhood and many dogs with CEA are able to live normal lives with minimal vision problems.

In severe cases, where retinal detachment is imminent, surgical intervention may be necessary.

In order to prevent CEA, it is important that dog breeders only breed dogs from parents who have been examined by an ophthalmologist and found free of the disease.

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If you plan to breed, it is important that Lassie undergoes this test to ensure the health of future generations!

It is very important that you consult a vet as soon as possible if you suspect Lassie has any vision problems.

Early diagnosis and proper treatment can improve his quality of life and help preserve his vision."