Eye Health

Eye Health


In Australia, there is a Australian Canine Eye Scheme (ACES) that is a national assessment system for registered dog breeds that offers a reliable screening service for a range of congenital and inherited eye conditions.

Eye assessments are carried out by registered veterinary eye specialists.

The program is administered by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) to ensure it meets national quality assurance standards and is endorsed by the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) as a reliable screening service, valuable to dog breeders and owners.

Where possible, we should try to minimise the chances of passing on painful or vision-threatening eye conditions from one generation to the next.  Regular ACES certification helps breeders plan mating programs and reassure other breeders and potential owners about the soundness of their current stock.

It also provides a way for breeders of valuable pedigree puppies to have whole litters checked by a qualified eye specialist to confirm normal eye development before sale, in the event of a buyer dispute occurring later.

ACES exams screen for a range of eye diseases including those involving the eyelids, tear ducts and surrounding structures. Only conditions affecting the eyeball (cornea, iris, ciliary body, lens, vitreous, retina and optic nerve) are recorded.

The lastest report has been provided and is attached, "Annual Breed Summary - July 2015 to June 2016".



There is one main eye condition being monitied by Border Collie breeders.

Collie Eye Anomaly

Collie Eye Anomaly, also known as CEA, is an inherited disease causing defects in the formation of the eye. CEA has now been determined to be a genetic disorder.  For infurther information, please go to the web page for CEA.

Contact Details


President:                    Lauren Somers


Secretary:                    Ann Moy          


                                      (02) 6337 3393

Treasurer:                    Julia Lawrie    treasurer@bccnsw.com

Publicity Officer:         Patrice Smith   publicity@bccnsw.com

Puppy Sales:               Ann Moy     puppysales@bccnsw.com

BC Rescue:                 Julie Gray  


                                      or check out www.bcra.org.au

                                      (02) 4267 1757