Collie Eye Anomaly Syndrome
General information on Collie Eye Anomaly Syndrome
Collie eye anomaly syndrome, also known as scleral ectasia syndrome or collie ectasia syndrome, is a disease that attacks the choroid that feeds the retina. Collie eye anomaly syndrome is an inherited condition. When the dog is still a fetus, the tissues in the eye do not form normally causing this abnormality. Some eye abnormalities that are caused by this are retinal detachment and retinal degeneration. Both of these conditions can cause blindness at any time. Although the name of the condition is Collie eye anomaly syndrome, this conditions does not only affect Collies. The condition was first discovered in Collies and does affect a large percentage of Collies, but the condition can be seen in other breeds such as Australian sheepdogs, Border Collies, Shetland sheepdogs, and many other breeds. A veterinarian can detect the condition in a puppy as young as four weeks old, as soon as the film over the eyes of puppies disappears.
Symptoms of Collie Eye Anomaly Syndrome
The symptoms of Collie eye anomaly syndrome may be impaired vision, detached retina, optic nerve abnormalities, and retinal degeneration. Upon an examination by a veterinarian, lesions may also be identified.
Treatments for Collie Eye Anomaly Syndrome
The treatment for Collie eye anomaly syndrome is management and prevention. There is no cure for Collie eye anomaly syndrome. Managing the symptoms that may develop and early detection of the condition is all that can be done once a dog is born with the condition. Dogs with Collie eye anomaly syndrome should not be bred. Although, this condition is a recessive trait, it is unwise to breed a dog with this condition. In some instances a puppy will have small lesions that will over time disappear. In some of these cases, a breeder may breed the dog anyway. Due to the fact that the dog can still pass the gene and condemn its puppies to a far more severe case of Collie eye anomaly syndrome, it is highly advised that these dogs are not bred.
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