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