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ECOV/SA Seminar (SA) - Keratoconus 

Date: 26/02/2024 (ACDT)

Venue: Jerningham Room - Lion Hotel, 161 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5000

Provider: Optometry Vic/SA

Contact: Chynnae Jewell, [E] [P] 0396529101

Activity Outline

Rebekah Hopps – Sub topic: But I don’t have a topographer…Managing keratoconus in community practice

Most of us know the key tenants required for successful management of keratoconus but find ourselves practicing without some of the equipment or experience needed for these complex patients. This presentation considers how we can best support the management of our keratoconic patients in the context of community optometry practices. Using several case reports that highlight the difficulties in treating these patients we will look at factors that improve both vision outcomes and disease outcomes, including tips for diagnosis, best spectacle refraction, contact lens options, and referral options for patients with both early and moderate keratoconus.

Rebecca Waters - Sub topic: Road to resilience: My journey with keratoconus

Rebecca's presentation will cover:

1.    In the beginning: how I was diagnosed what this meant for me
2.    What happened after: navigating the stages of keratoconus and the problems I deal with (other than low vision)
3.    Unexpected challenges: navigating the healthcare system, the cost, the confusing messages
4.    The future: fears, concerns, and what ifs
5.    Take home messages for health care professionals

Learning Objectives

  • Confidently develop a management plan for patients with newly diagnosed early and moderate keratoconus
  • Understand and manage the pitfalls of keratoconus management, including the difficulties of spec refraction, contact lens management and treatment options
  • Understand some of the common patient challenges as they navigate stages of keratoconus.

Max CPD hours awarded: 2

Session Information

But I don’t have a topographer…Managing keratoconus in community practice

Road to resilience: My journey with keratoconus

Duration of CPD Session/Module
Duration of CPD Session/Module inclusive of Assessment Component

Early Career Optometry Victoria South Australia (ECOV/SA) presents: 

But I don’t have a topographer… Managing keratoconus in community practice


Meet your speakers:

Rebekah Hopps
Rebekah is a therapeutically endorsed clinical optometrist with particular interest in ocular disease management and complex contact lens fitting, currently practicing at Adelaide Eye Care Westbourne Park and Mawson Lakes. She graduated in 2015 from Flinders University with the Academic Excellence Prize. She gained specific expertise in the management of acute and chronic anterior eye disease including keratoconus, pre- and post-surgical patients, glaucoma and ocular emergencies whilst working as the Senior Clinical Optometrist in private ophthalmology in Adelaide.

Since 2021 she has expanded her skills with Adelaide Eye Care, gaining hands-on experience in the fitting of custom soft and rigid contact lenses of all modalities to manage a wide cross-section of patient needs. She enjoys the interaction between complex contact lenses and anterior eye disease as well as finding creative solutions for patients who cannot tolerate regular spectacles or contact lenses.

Rebecca Waters
Rebecca has had keratoconus for more than 15 years. She currently works as a medical scientist here in Adelaide.

Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Optometry Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.