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How to meet the challenges of Spring

Spring can be tough for people with keratoconus who also suffer from allergies. These three simple initiatives can help you through the pollen season 1. Treat itchy eyes, don’t rub them! As the cold gives way to warmer weather and we spend more time outdoors, pollens start to emerge too. People with keratoconus tend to

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Keraclub 2020 Video now available

KeraClub 2020 Dr Himal Kandel and Professor Stephanie Watson Save Sight Institute, The University of Sydney COVID-19 outbreak has impacted almost every aspect of our lives and KeraClub was no exception. This year, the 5th annual community event for people with keratoconus ‘KeraClub 2020’ was organised solely as a webinar. The Save Sight Institute and

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Project to create special glasses for keratoconus

An interesting project to develop spectacles that correct asymmetric astigmatism which characterizes keratoconus. If successful, this would further assist people who have trouble wearing contact lenses for long periods and may help them avoid surgery. Read more

Why become an eye donor?

Crosslinking is having a big impact on reducing the number of corneal transplants required for keratoconus. But not all patients can benefit and a small number of people still require a corneal transplant to restore their vision. As part of National DonateLife week, the head of the Victorian Lions Eye Donation Service, Dr Graeme Pollack,

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Study: Epi-off CXL more effective for halting pediatric kc

An Italian study, recently published in Cornea, compared the effectiveness of epi-on versus epi off crosslinking in pediatric patients. The authors found that standard epi-off CXL halted keratoconus progression in 75% of eyes during the 3 years after treatment. By contrast, I-ON CXL seemed to slow down keratoconus progression in 50% of eyes, mainly in

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Using the DUCK score to decide whether to crosslink

Question  Can adhering to the Dutch Crosslinking for Keratoconus (DUCK) score improve clinical decision making in patients with progressive keratoconus? Findings  This cohort study of 504 eyes and 388 patients found that adhering to the DUCK score was associated with a reduction in the overall crosslinking treatment rate without increasing the risk of disease progression.

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Keratoconus: A family affair

Clinicians should screen close relatives of their patients with the condition. New data adds more weight to the theory that keratoconus is driven, in part, by genetics. Read more