2023 Keratoconus Education Initiative

Welcome to The Keratoconus Education Initiative! The Keratoconus Education Initiative provides you with everything you need to know to treat keratoconus in your practice, consisting of the following three educational components:

  1. The Keratoconus eResource A Comprehensive Guide to the Modern Management of Keratoconus
  2. The webinar: “Identifying and Managing Keratoconus in Clinical Practice
  3. The Keratoconus Research Report Coming Soon!


Keratoconus: A Comprehensive Guide to the Modern Management of Keratoconus –was written by a group of internationally respected experts in the field of keratoconus to discuss all aspects of the condition. It includes the incidence and prevalence of keratoconus, diagnosis and monitoring, various treatments including crosslinking, collaborative care, and billing and coding, and much more.


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The “Identifying and Managing Keratoconus in Clinical Practice” webinar is available for on-demand viewing and focuses on the modern management of keratoconus, early diagnosis, and how to stop progression and rehabilitate vision. An overview of treatments covers corneal collagen crosslinking, contact lenses, and surgery. Watch the video to shift the treatment paradigm for patients to manage keratoconus sooner, improve quality of life, reduce the economic burden, and avert vision loss.

(No longer available for CE Credit)

The 2023 Keratoconus Education Initiative was curated by:

Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA, is Principal Optometrist at the University of California, Davis Eye Center. She publishes and lectures extensively on many topics, including dry eye disease, specialty contact lenses, keratoconus and presbyopia. She is Immediate Past Chair of the American Optometric Association Contact Lens and Cornea Section.  She serves on the medical advisory board for the International Keratoconus Academy, the advisory board of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute, is treasurer for the Intrepid Eye Society, is a board member of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists and the the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS): A Lifestyle Epidemic Ocular Surface Disease Workshop. Dr. Barnett is Past President of the Scleral Lens Education Society. She has many peer-reviewed publications and most recently contributed to Keratoconus, a new authoritative book to be published in 2023.
John D. Gelles, OD, FAAO, FIAOMC, FCLSA, FSLS, FBCLA, is the Director of the Specialty Contact Lens Division of the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute and the CLEI Center for Keratoconus in Teaneck, New Jersey. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the State University of New York College of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry, and New England College of Optometry. He is a board member of the Contact Lens Society of America, an executive board member and Education Chair of the International Keratoconus Academy, an advisory board member for the Gas Permeable Lens Institute, the Education Chair of the Intrepid Eye Society, the Chair of Refractive Surgery Alliance’s Collaborative Care Section, and serves on the American Academy of Optometry’s Innovations Council. Additionally, he is a clinical investigator for multiple keratoconus and specialty contact lens-related clinical trials at CLEI.
Steven A. Greenstein, MD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and an Associate Team Ophthalmologist for the New York Jets. He specializes in keratoconus and corneal and refractive surgery, and his research interests include surgical treatment for keratoconus and novel techniques for corneal surgery. He is also involved in several clinical research studies designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new therapies and methods for keratoconus and refractive procedures. He has published many articles in prestigious medical journals; many of these papers are considered landmark papers out of the U.S. on crosslinking. He has co-authored several book chapters with Dr. Peter Hersh on corneal collagen crosslinking for keratoconus and corneal ectasia.
Peter S. Hersh, MD, founded The Cornea and Laser Eye Institute, dedicated to clinical care and research in cornea and refractive surgery, and the CLEI Center for Keratoconus, a subspecialty center focused on keratoconus. Dr. Hersh is also a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Rutgers Medical School and a Visiting Researcher at Princeton University. Dr. Hersh has written 100 peer-reviewed research publications and four textbooks. Notably, he was lead author of the clinical study that led to the first FDA approval of laser vision correction in the United States in 1995. More recently, Dr. Hersh served as medical monitor and was lead author of the studies leading to FDA approval of corneal collagen crosslinking for keratoconus.




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