Ophthalmology Research Program Area

Through the Ophthalmology Research Program Area the AKC Canine Health Foundation will support basic and clinical research into the normal and abnormal functioning of the retina and other ocular tissues. Areas of emphasis within this program include gene expression and molecular interactions important to the eye, and clinical application of research findings to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the eye and visual system. Special topics of interest include, but are not limited to, corneal disease, cataract, retinal diseases, and abnormalities of the visual pathways. Studies to identify common genetic factors that influence eye health and disease are currently thought to be essential for developing new approaches to reduce disease burden and promote vision health in dogs. As with all other research program areas, collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams of investigators who can approach genomic discovery research from a multi-‘omics’ perspective will be considered more competitive than a genomic approach working in isolation.

Key canine health problems addressed by this research program include, but are not limited to:

  • Cataracts 
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Distichiasis 
  • Retinal Dysplasia 
  • Entropion 
  • Corneal Dystrophies 
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca 
  • Corneal Ulcers 
  • Lens Luxation 
  • Progressive Rod-cone Dysplasia 
  • Vitreous Degeneration 
  • Prolapse of the Nictitans Gland (Cherry Eye) 
  • Choroidal Hypoplasia (Collie Eye Anomaly) 
  • Microphthalmia 
  • Ocular Melanosis 
  • Pigmentary Keratitis 
  • Conjunctivitis 
  • Persistent Pupillary Membrane 
  • Pigmentary Uveitis 
  • Retinopathy

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