Four leading experts in keratoconus discuss the importance of diagnosing and treating keratoconus early, detection methods, assessment of disease progression, current treatment options and upcoming innovations
The discussion was moderated by Phoebe Harkin, Deputy Editor of The Ophthalmologist, and the esteemed panel included:
Renato Ambrosio, Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) in Brazil
Sumit (Sam) Garg, Vice-Chair of Clinical Ophthalmology and Professor in Cataract, Refractive, External Disease, and Corneal Surgery at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at the University of California, USA
Farhad Hafezi, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Geneva, Switzerland; Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the USC Roski Eye Institute, Los Angeles, USA; and Visiting Professor at the Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, China
Suphi Taneri, Director of the Center for Refractive Surgery, owner of the Eye Department at St Francis Hospital in Muenster, Germany
The talking points:
1. Importance of early keratoconus diagnosis and treatment, and the impact of missing keratoconus in the case of cataract surgery candidates.
2. Methods of detecting keratoconus.
3. The role of genetic testing for keratoconus in cataract and refractive surgery candidates.
4. Assessment of keratoconus progression, taking patients' age into consideration.
5. Current treatment options.
6. The latest innovations in corneal cross-linking for keratoconus - differences around the world.
7. Post-operative care - objective and subjective evaluation of the success of the treatment.
8. Upcoming innovations experts are looking forward to trying, and the ultimate keratoconus wish-list.