Corneal and External Eye Conditions Top 10

  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?

The following questions were also discussed and ranked in order of priority at the workshop:

  1. Can artificial corneas to treat corneal disease be developed?
  2. Can more comfortable lenses for keratoconus correction be created to allow longer wear times?
  3. Can a non-surgical cure for keratoconus be developed?
  4. What causes dry eye?
  5. Is early detection beneficial for cross-linking treatment to prevent progression of keratoconus?
  6. What is the effectiveness of Omega 3 fatty acids, zinc and other products in relieving symptoms of dry eye?
  7. How is the progress of keratoconus best quantified?
  8. Should children with no symptoms but who have a parent with keratoconus be tested for the condition?
  9. Can ways be detected to detect the early signs of keratoconus?