What drives progress in medicine? Identifying and meeting unmet needs
Farhad Hafezi | | Opinion
Sometimes, the sheer scale of an unmet need can surprise you. For many years, keratoconus was thought of as a rare disease: in 1986, a paper reported that 1 in 2000 people in Olmstead County, Minnesota, had keratoconus. And that figure stuck for at least 30 years. But modern diagnostics revealed a different story. Keratoconus rates are higher – and vary by continent and climate. And that’s why efforts like the K-MAP global keratoconus prevalence study are so important; accurate data reveals the true unmet need.
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