People loved his fawn colouring and his 'cleopatra' eyes so I wasn't surprised when he was adopted a couple of weeks after leaving us.
Cruiser has an eye condition called Pannus, which is a progressive inflammatory disease of the cornea. It can lead to scarring and may progress to severe visual impairment or blindness. Although there is no cure, there is treatment that will halt the progression of the disease, so it's important to catch it early. However, testing puppies does not help as Pannus generally does not occur until the dog is 2-5 years old. German Shepherds particularly, plus Border Collies and Greyhounds, have a higher incidence of Pannus than other dog breeds.
Luckily for Cruiser his Pannus was detected early and we treated him daily with cortisone eye drops (unlike for humans, cortisone eye drops do not cause glaucoma or cataracts in dogs). The milky eye drops are not hard to administer and Cruiser learned to stand between my knees and tilt his head up so I could easily treat him.
If this treatment is continued for life, he should hopefully have no ill effects from the disease.