There are a number of eye conditions which affect Aussies. Some have DNA tests available, others do not. For this reason it is important that all Aussies used for Breeding have a valid eye test certifivate. This is valid for 12 months from the date of test. A canine eye test is very much like a human going to the Opticians.
Whilst with the use of DNA testing we can eliminate the chances of producing dogs with eye conditions, there are some which still do not have a DNA test including some types of Cataract, and Iris Coloboma. Eye conditions with DNA tests, are listed on the DNA page. For this reason it is important to have a physical eye exam carried out by a specialist ophthalmologist, to assess a dogs eye health.
Some conditions will show as young puppies, so a Breeder will usually carry out an eye test on the litter around 6 – 7 weeks of age. They should provide you with a copy of the eye test certificate for the litter, as well as those of the parents.
Dogs which have failed an eye test for any reason should not be bred from.
More information about eye testing can be found on the BVA website https://www.bva.co.uk/canine-health-schemes/eye-scheme/