Keratoconus patients, their family and friends are invited to attend the fifth annual KeraClub meeting.
KeraClub 2020 is a free community event that brings together keratoconus patients and eye care experts, with the aim of supporting patients to improve their ability to manage their life with keratoconus.
KeraClub 2020 is a free community event that brings together keratoconus patients and eye care experts
Usually held as a live event, in response to COVID-19 KeraClub2020 will be held as a webinar on Tuesday, 28 July 2020, from 5pm–6pm AEDT.
Professor Stephanie Watson, head of the Corneal Unit at Sydney Eye Hospital, and the Chief investigator of the Save Sight Keratoconus Registry project, said the online format would allow access for more people.
“We have always received great feedback on KeraClub from the patients who have attended. KeraClub has now been established as an annual event. As a webinar, we hope it will be accessible to more patients with keratoconus this year,” she said.
Patient, Academic and Practitioner Perspectives
The webinar will be moderated by Michelle Urquhart, an internationally reputed violist and violinist who will provide her patient-perspectives as a person with lived experience of keratoconus.
Professor Watson will present updates from the Save Sight Keratoconus Registry – an important clinical tool for tracking outcomes in keratoconus, and discuss how the COVID-outbreak and pandemic declaration has impacted keratoconus care. Dr Himal Kandel, the Kornhauser Research Associate working at the Save Sight Keratoconus Registry, will present the latest research from the Registry.
This year, popular optometrists Jessica Chi and Allan Ared will also speak. Ms Chi will present on COVID and contact lenses, in the process discussing whether contact lens wearers are at greater risk of COVID-19 and safe contact lens practices during the pandemic. Mr Ared will present on issues of eye-rubbing and keratoconus, including the ‘dos and don’ts’ around this.
KeraClub is a joint initiative of the Save Sight Institute, The University of Sydney, and the Keratoconus Australia. “We are very proud to support this event where keratoconus patients’ perspectives, values and concerns are heard and patients get valuable information. Patients also get to know the significance of being enrolled in the Keratoconus Registry, which is an important tool to track their keratoconus outcomes,” said Larry Kornhauser, president of Keratoconus Australia.
Registration for this event is free but essential. Click here for registration. Zoom details will be emailed to the participants closer to the event.
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