Journal of Ophthalmology

Keratoconus and Keratoectasia: Advancements in Diagnosis and Treatment

Publishing date
01 Sep 2011
Submission deadline
01 Mar 2011

1Department of Ophthalmology, Casa di Cura Rugani, Siena, Italy

2Emmetropia Mediterranean Eye Institute, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

3School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine, UK

4Midland Eye Institute, Birmingham, UK

Keratoconus and Keratoectasia: Advancements in Diagnosis and Treatment


Keratoconus (KC) and iatrogenic keratoectasia are receiving increasing attention, due to the improvements in instrumental diagnosis and to the widening of therapeutic options which now include collagen cross-linking, intrastromal implants, intraocular lenses, and anterior lamellar keratoplasty. Controversies exist on the value of some novel diagnostic methods (e.g., the measurement of corneal hysteresis) and on the role of some modifications of standardized treatments (e.g., “fast” cross-linking, transepithelial cross-linking, and predescemetic anterior lamellar keratoplasty).

We invite authors to submit original research and review articles describing the new modalities for the diagnosis, the prevention, and the treatment of KC and iatrogenic keratoectasia. We are particularly interested in the impact of new diagnostic techniques on the identification of suspect cases in candidates for refractive surgery and on the efficacy of less invasive treatments on the different kinds of ectasia (central and inferior KC, pellucid marginal degeneration, and iatrogenic ectasia). Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Diagnosis of forme fruste and early iatrogenic ectasia through topography, slit scanning, Scheimpflug imaging, wavefront analysis, and corneal hysteresis
  • Contact lens visual rehabilitation in keratoconus and grafted corneas
  • Long-term outcome of cross-linked corneas
  • Complications of collagen cross-linking: haze, infections
  • Alternatives to classical cross-linking with riboflavin, UVA, and epithelial debridement
  • Improvement of corneal regularity by combination of cross-linking with intrastromal segments or photorefractive keratectomy
  • Role of intrastromal implants
  • Role of toric intraocular phakic and pseudophakic lenses
  • Deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK): big-bubble technique and its variants, uses of femtosecond laser, and visual quality after predescemetic DALK

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

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