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I was always under the impression that a CERFed Bouvier was a Bouvier cleared of glaucoma. Not so. It could be true but not necessarily true.

I called CERF & my conversation log includes the following which I quote from that log:

2/9/01 3:30pm
CERF

No certificate is issued if dog (Bouvier) has:
Cataracts
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If a dog has glaucoma it will not be certified however "Diagnosis & classification of glaucoma requires measurements of the IOP & xamination of the IRIDOCORNEAL angle. Neither of these tests is part of a routine screening exam for certification."

So the bottom line is a Bouvier can be CERF certified w/o an examination for Glaucoma or Goniodysgensis.  I was flabbergasted to learn this & I am grateful to Molly's guardian for making me see the light of day.

I hope some of the following information does the same for you & helps a Bouvier. 


Jan S Rifkinson

What is Glaucoma? - FAQ Glaucoma - symptoms, photos, treatments, surgery 
The French Connection: Glaucoma & Goniodysgenesis Personal Experiences with Bouvier glaucoma 
Wyatt's Story, Bea's Story, Jersey's Story
Glaucoma Inhibitor? - Research by Dr. Arthur Neufeld No to Glaucoma - Science News
Eyes - Gryphon Genetic Disease Resource
Glaucoma & Goniodysgenesis described What is CERF?
Canine Eye Registration Foundation How to Read a CERF certificate
How do I deal with A blind dog? Information & Support - at the beginning
Blind Dogs - Lots of good links: books, mail list & more Eyelid Abnormalities including En & Ectropion eyelids
SARDS - Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome PRA - Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Veterinary Ophthalmology Information Center Veterinary Ophthalmology Resources
Veterinary Vision - Animal Eye Specialists AVCO (American College of Veterinary Opthamologists) 
Ophthamology Diplomates in Your Area Truman's eye tests
This resource page is far from completeIf you have additional information or can recommend other useful links on the subject of Veterinary Eye Disease, please email me by clicking the spinning "e" globe.  Your information could be very important in promoting Bouvier health.

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