I am currently in New Zealand as on the weekend just gone I was an invited speaker at the New Zealand Cornea and Contact Lens Conference in Auckland. This meeting is held yearly and the list of delegates always comprises the top contact lens practitioners and corneal surgeons from all over New Zealand.

I gave lectures on topics including the management of keratoconus after cataract surgery, post-corneal graft contact lens fitting, and the fitting and prescribing of disposable soft toric contact lenses.  Interestingly, keratoconus is more common in New Zealand than it is in Australia and so the respective specialists over here are very adept at  the contact lens and surgical management of this condition.

I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. The New Zealand optometrists and ophthalmologists who specialize in this area are a wonderful group of people and the standard of presentations - not counting mine! - was excellent.  There is no doubt that the level of care over here afforded to those patients with irregular corneas, due to conditions such as keratoconus, is very high.

Richard