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HomeminewsAcademics to Present Free Keratoconus, Dry Eye Webinar 22 March 2021, 7 pm to 8 pm AEDT

Academics to Present Free Keratoconus, Dry Eye Webinar 22 March 2021, 7 pm to 8 pm AEDT

Dr Himal Kandel, Associate Professor Laura Downie, and Professor Stephanie Watson will host a free webinar for optometrists managing keratoconus and/or dry eye on 22 March.

The webinar will focus on how to evaluate the clinical outcomes of patients with keratoconus and dry eye in your practice, specifically using the new Save Sight Keratoconus Registry – Optometry Module and Save Sight Dry Eye Registry.

The webinar will focus on how to evaluate the clinical outcomes of patients with keratoconus and dry eye in your practice, specifically using the new Save Sight Keratoconus Registry

Keratoconus can affect up to one in 500 people, and dry eye disease is one of the most common eye disorders.
To collect and review outcomes of patients with keratoconus and dry eye disease, optometrists can now use the Save Sight Registries.

Although the Save Sight Keratoconus Registry previously captured surgical outcome data, a new optometry module, launched in 2020, complements this facility. The registry offers several benefits to users and is available free of charge. The optometry module of the registry is an innovative concept, and one of the few clinical registries worldwide that currently engages optometrists.

How do optometrists access and use the registry? How will my practice and patients benefit? Questions such as these will be answered in the webinar. The registry’s online platform will make it accessible to optometrists in various parts of the world. Optometrists can choose to share their data with ophthalmologists they refer to, and show patients their care journey in graphical outputs.

Optometrist and clinical researcher at the University of Melbourne, A/Prof Laura Downie commented, “I am excited to share the registry with my colleagues. The registry is designed for optometrists to audit the outcomes of their clinical care, and to assist with communicating these outcomes to patients. An added benefit is that deidentified data collected in the registry can be used for research”.

Academic, Clinical and Patient Perspectives

The webinar, entitled “How can you evaluate the outcomes of patients with keratoconus and dry eye in your clinical practice?”, will be presented by Professor Stephanie Watson, principal investigator of the Save Sight Keratoconus Registry, A/Professor Laura Downie, co-chair of the steering committee of the Optometry Module, Dr Himal Kandel, Kornhauser Research Associate at the Save Sight Registries, and Ms Pauline Khoo, a research officer and PhD candidate.

Dr Himal Kandel’s research has focused on patient-reported outcomes, an important part of the registry as it helps clinicians understand the patient perspective and outcomes. There will also be a short demonstration of the registry by Mr Rob Medynski, Project Coordinator at the Save Sight Registries.

“The Save Sight Dry Eye Registry is a new initiative that is available to optometrists and ophthalmologists to track outcomes of dry eye and its treatment. I am pleased to be able to introduce the registry at this webinar.” said Professor Stephanie Watson.

This webinar is proudly supported by Keratoconus Australia, a patient-community of people with keratoconus. The webinar will also include a brief talk by Mr Larry Kornhauser, OAM, on patient-perspectives. His talk will also highlight the support and services that Keratoconus Australia is providing to the people with keratoconus.
“Optometrists are the long-term carers for people with keratoconus. Their patient data input into the Registry is critical to its success and the long-term treatment and management of keratoconus. Please be involved.” said Mr Larry Kornhauser, OAM.

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Registration for this event is free but essential. Click here for registration. Zoom details will be emailed to the participants closer to the event.

For further information, email: ssi.community@sydney.edu.au.

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