Priorities for Corneal and External Eye Conditions research

At a workshop held on 24 April 2013 attended by patients and eye health professionals the following top 11 priorities for corneal and external eye conditions research were identified:


  1. Can new therapies such as gene or stem cell treatments be developed for corneal diseases?
  2. What is the most effective management for dry eye and can new strategies be developed?
  3. Can treatments to save eye sight from microbial keratitis be improved?
  4. How can the rejection of corneal transplants be prevented?
  5. Can the outcomes of corneal transplantation be improved?
  6. What causes keratoconus to progress and can progression be prevented?
  7. Can non-surgical therapy be developed for Fuchs' corneal dystrophy?
  8. Can corneal infections be prevented in high-risk individuals such as contact lens wearers?
  9. What is the cause of keratoconus and can it be prevented?
  10. What is the most effective management of ocular complications associated with Stevens Johnson Syndrome?
  11. Can severe ocular surface disease in children, such as blepharokeratoconjunctivitis and vernal keratoconjunctivitis be managed better?