Optometry Journal Special Issue Devoted Entirely to Keratoconus
Clinical and Experimental Optometry (CXO) is one of the top vision science journals in the world. Richard Lindsay is an Associate Editor of this journal and about a year ago he was asked by the editorial board to co-ordinate a special issue that would be devoted entirely to keratoconus. This special issue has now been published and we are pleased to advise that it is open access here at the Wiley Online Library.
This is the first time anywhere in the world that an issue of a vision science journal has been devoted entirely to keratoconus and it is highly recommended reading for our patients with keratoconus, as well as families and friends of patients with keratoconus who wish to know more about this condition. The editorial provides a beautiful summary of all the papers featured in the issue and is written by Professor Charles McGhee – a Scot now based in New Zealand – who is an internationally renowned expert on keratoconus. Professor McGhee and his colleague Professor Grzybowski have also collaborated on a delightful paper about the early history of keratoconus, that includes – among other things - a list of terms which have previously been used to describe keratoconus such as ‘sugar loaf cornea’, ‘staphyloma diaphanum’ and ‘prolapses corneae’. There are many other excellent papers, including good review articles on corneal transplantation, the corneal collagen cross-linking treatment and refractive surgery for keratoconus. Note that all the papers in the journal have an abstract and this generally contains a summary of the key points outlined in the paper.
It is with some sadness that we would like to farewell Luke Arundel from our practice. He has been so valuable to our practice, and we will miss his wonderful manner. Luke has been offered a position as Education Development Officer for the Asia Pacific region at the Brien Holden Vision Institute, a rare and exciting opportunity to do something that he has wanted to do for a long time. It isn't goodbye forever, as Luke will be doing occasional sessions with us and continuing to share his expert KATT lens knowledge with the practice.
Rumour has it, the value of "Keratoconus: A User's Manual" is so great it may be published in other languages. Only a rumour at this stage, but keep an eye out for further developments...
April 2012 A user's manual for people with Keratoconus
Richard and fellow keratoconus experts Dr Jim Kokkinakis, Dr Michael Loughnan and Professor Gerard Sutton have recently published a book about keratoconus- 'A user's guide for people with Keratoconus: from glasses to corneal grafts and everything in between.' This book provides easy to understand information about keratoconus and the wide range of treatment options available. Keraotoconus doesn't have to be scary or mysterious, and you most definitely won't go blind! You can purchase a copy online here, or contact our practice for more information about the book.
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