Beyond the borders

This year's BCLA Pioneers Conference offered professionals the chance to hear the latest on keratoconus management and a session on how to communicate with patients more effectively

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More than 250 BCLA members gathered at the Royal Society of Medicine in London to hear lectures on two themes - Focus on Keratoconus and Practice Matters - followed by the annual BCLA Pioneers Lecture.

Put together by Pioneers organiser Nigel Burnett Hodd, the half-day programme also included a tribute to 50 years of soft contact lenses, invented by Professor Otto Wichterle at Christmas 1951.

Specialist subjects

Three refractive surgeons opened the clinical session, each presenting new approaches to managing keratoconus. According to consultant ophthalmologist Dr Bruce Allan (Moorfields Eye Hospital), the incidence of keratoconus was about one in 2,000 rising to one in 500 in people of South Asian descent. One in five keratoconics would go on to have a corneal transplant over five years.

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