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Eyes: Diseases

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had a diagnosis of keratoconus at the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by primary care trust. (200438)

The Department does not collect data on the total number of people with a diagnosis of keratoconus. The majority will receive contact lenses or glasses from their optometrist or ophthalmic medical practitioner, and will have their condition managed in the community.

Patients with more advanced keratoconus may be seen by the hospital eye service on an outpatient basis. The Information Centre for health and social care collects data on outpatient attendances but these data cannot be broken down by diagnosis.

A very small proportion of those with keratoconus, mainly those requiring corneal grafting, will be seen as inpatients. The following table shows the count of hospital admissions for those with a primary diagnosis of keratoconus1 broken by strategic health authority (SHA) area. The data could not be broken down by primary care trust given the small numbers involved.

1 A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission with the year.

Current SHA of residence

Total hospital admissions

North East SHA

23

North West SHA

83

Yorkshire and the Humber SHA

142

East Midlands SHA

67

West Midlands SHA

86

East of England SHA

60

London SHA

168

South East Coast SHA

36

South Central SHA

45

South West SHA

54

Non England and unknown

19

Total

783