Journal article

Economic impact of keratoconus using a health expenditure questionnaire: A patient perspective

Elsie Chan, Paul N Baird, Sara Vogrin, Vijaya Sundararajan, Mark D Daniell, Srujana Sahebjada



IMPORTANCE: This is the first study to estimate the lifetime costs associated with keratoconus based on a questionnaire completed by patients and highlights the significant economic burden of the disease. As keratoconus affects individuals from a young age, the study highlights keratoconus as a public health concern. BACKGROUND: Keratoconus is a disorder characterized by corneal steepening and thinning, leading to reduced visual acuity. To date, there have been no studies evaluating the economic costs of keratoconus from a patient's perspective. DESIGN: A randomized cross-sectional study undertaken in Australia where keratoconus subjects were recruited from public and private ophthalmology a..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grant GNT1104700 and Senior Research Fellowship (1138585 to P.N.B.), the Angior Family Foundation, Keratoconus Australia and a Lions Eye Foundation Fellowship (S.S.). The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) receives Operational Infrastructure Support from the Victorian Government. The authors would like to thank Keratoconus Australia, A/Prof Grant Snibson, Mr Richard Lindsay and REDCap.