Keratoconic Monitoring Clinic
Optometrists are at present providing a Keratoconic Monitoring clinic (KMU) on Thursday and Saturday morning and afternoons, where patients diagnosed with keratoconus are monitored for progression of the condition.
We are also now providing virtual KMU clinics, where patients have their corneal topography ( a special photograph of the front of their eye) and visions measured in a short visit by our medical imaging team. This information is then compared with previous measurements by the optometry team and the patient informed of the outcome, usually either further annual virtual clinics or a face to face appointment with an optometrist in the KMU clinic
Keratoconus is a corneal dystrophy where the cornea thins gradually in the centre causing increased myopic astigmatism and sometimes reduction in visual acuity due to corneal scarring. It can be managed with spectacles and contact lenses or treated with medical intervention if it is progressing.
Patients identified as stable are monitored for up to five years before being discharged, patients showing changes in their keratoconus are referred for consideration of possible treatment to the anterior segment clinics.
How do I make an appointment with this service?
To be seen in the clinic you must usually be referred by your ophthalmologist.
This clinic runs on Thursday and Saturday morning and afternoon in the main Eye clinic, Ground floor, Chancellor wing, St. James's University Hospital. Virtual KMU clinics run morning and afternoon Monday to Friday .
Please be aware that you may have a series of examinations from a range of clinicians and your appointment may take up to two hours to be completed from the time your appointment is booked. Virtual KMU may take up to half an hour.