Eye checking the dogs at a authorized veterinarian is a good diagnostic examination, as well as a good screening tool. In Norway we use ECVO (European College of Veterinary Opthalmologists). The ECVO Eye Scheme covers 14 inherited eye conditions in dogs. Dogs are classified as unaffected, affected or suspicious. However, it also includes a general examination of the eye and adnexa, so it may reveal other (not inherited) eye diseases as well. The Norwegian Veterinary Association recommends to eye check the dog every year when the dog is used in breeding. Other dogs at age 1, 3 and 7.
Link to Norwegian Kennel Club “Eye disease” (Norwegian text): NKK Øyelidelser
Link “Breeding recommendations” by The Norwegian Veterinary Association (Norwegian text): Avslanbefalinger
The cataract project
The Norwegian Kennel Club, The Norwegian Sighthound Club and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is now collecting DNA sampels of Italian Greyhound in a study to find a DNA test of the disease. If you have a dog over 7 years that is eye examined without cataract or a dog who is examined affected feel free to contact!
Link about the project (Norwegian text): Kataraktprosjektet