* Eye exam: This exam should be performed by a veterinary that is a specialist ophthalmologist who is assured to assess if the dog has any inherited eye conditions. With Flatcoated Retriever Glaucoma should also be tested.
Glaucoma is defined as an increase in intraocular pressure - the pressure within the eyeball is raised above the normal limit. Unfortunately glaucoma often results in total blindness sometimes necessitating removal of a swollen eye.
All dogs should have their eyes tested before matting, having a litter.