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UK optometrists are encouraged to take part in research on contact lens fittings for patients with keratoconus


A UK-Spanish research collaboration is hoping to learn from UK practitioners’ experiences with gas permeable contact lenses for patients with keratoconus.

Optometrist and University of Valladolid PhD student, Sara Ortiz-Toquero, wants to see how challenging UK optometrists find such fittings.

She is inviting practitioners to take part in her online survey, which will require a few minutes to complete.

She told OT that: “Patients with keratoconus have been labelled as more complex than standard patients because the irregular cornea often requires several diagnostic lenses to achieve a final, acceptable gas permeable lens fit, which prolongs patient chair time.”

Ms Ortiz-Toquero added: “An understanding of the detection and referral patterns of practitioners may provide additional insight towards the optimisation of patient care and consideration of future training and co-management opportunities in the UK.

“In addition, this research project will enable me to understand the management of keratoconus patients in order to establish the possible differences in clinical practices in both Spain and the UK,” she concluded.

The survey, as part of the research in collaboration with Plymouth University, can be completed online.