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Eyes: Diseases

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirements his Department places on ophthamologists to maintain statistics to monitor the incidence of keratoconus. (200437)

The majority of keratoconus patients will receive contact lenses or glasses from their optometrist or ophthalmic medical practitioner and will have their condition managed in the community.

The Department places no requirements on individual ophthalmologists to maintain statistics on such patients. Hospitals are required to collect data on the diagnosis of patients being admitted to hospital. This include those patients with a diagnosis of keratoconus.