We have deferred your appointment due to the Covid-19 outbreak.  We are doing this in response to the social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of the virus.

To manage your queries we have produced the following frequently asked questions and answers to help you manage your condition while waiting for your next appointment. You will be rescheduled to attend at a later date when the service is back up and running.

Should I be concerned if my keratoconus clinic appointment was cancelled?

If your vision is stable and you already had cross-linking (CXL) then there is no reason to be worried. CXL is effective in 98% of cases.

If you are a new patient and your appointment was cancelled rest assured that we will rebook your appointment as soon as possible.

Should I worry if my cross-linking (CXL) was cancelled?

Keratoconus is a very slow progressive condition it will not cause any significant vision loss in medium term so there is nothing to worry about.

Should I be worried if my vision is changing?

Visual changes are usually very slow in keratoconus. It is also very common for vision to fluctuate so there’s no need to worry.

What should I do if my eyes are itchy?

It is very important to stop rubbing your eyes. Itchy eyes can be relieved by:

  1. Lubricating eyes drops kept in the fridge. A cold eye drop can provide relief.
  2. Apply a cold compress over closed eyelids
  3. Over the counter antihistamine tablets or eye drops
  4. If all of the above fail, ask your GP to prescribe an anti-allergy eye drops such as Opatanol.

When will I get a new appointment?

We recognise that the cancellation of your appointment can be distressing to you. We want to assure you that our hospital appointment staff are working hard to ensure that all patients who have been cancelled during this time will receive a new appointment as soon as possible.

We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during these very difficult times.