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
50% of contact lens users don’t wash hands before inserting them, the 2020 Vision Index report reveals
Half of people using contact lenses don’t wash their hands before inserting them, exposing themselves to a range of nasty eye diseases. This was revealed in a report commissioned by Optometry Australia in November 2019 to survey Australians attitudes to eye health. The resulting 2020 Vision Index report covers many topics such as glasses, contact
Audio podcasts of presentations given by speakers at Keraclub 2019 are now available. Highlights of the evening were an update on the latest keratoconus research from the Save Sight Keratoconus Registry, a talk on how to manage contact lenses for keratoconus in extreme conditions, patient stories and a panel discussion. The audio podcasts can be
Keratoconus Australia Inc held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 6 pm at Suite 1302, Level 13, 9 Yarra St, South Yarra VIC 3141. The Annual Report 2019 and minutes from the meeting can be found here.
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,
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
Subsidies & Assistance The rising cost of treatments – and especially contact lenses – is preventing many patients from receiving the specialist care and vision correction they require. Keratoconus Australia has compiled a list of Federal and State based schemes and clinics which provide subsidies to people with low incomes, students, health and pensioner cards
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.
Clinicians should consider the keratoconus patient’s priorities, whether it be comfort or ease of handling, when choosing a contact lens after corneal cross-linking Watch the video
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