Scientists to develop new tool for the early detection of keratoconus

Loughborough University researchers are working on a device that pinpoints structural deficits in the cornea

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Research by Loughborough University scientists aims to develop a device for the early detection and diagnosis of keratoconus.

The work centres around creating a laser tool that is more compact and portable than existing methods – making the device easier to use in a lab and clinical setting.

The tool would identify localised thinning of the cornea that occurs during early-stage corneal disease progression.

Fight for Sight and the Keratoconus Self-Help and Support Association are jointly funding the research project.

Dr Samantha Wilson, who is leading the research at Loughborough University, highlighted that detecting disease at an earlier stage will enable patients to receive treatment sooner.

“In the long-term, we expect that such devices will be routinely used by surgeons and ophthalmologists to detect, diagnose and treat corneal diseases before they have a significant effect on vision,” Dr Wilson said.