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Corneal Cross-Linking Data Set

The Corneal Cross-Linking Data Set July 2016 has been composed with the support of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Informatics and Audit Sub-committee, who comprise of a representative selection of experts in a variety of healthcare environments across the UK.

The purpose of the Corneal Cross-Linking Data Set is to represent an agreed set of clinical information which can be collected on patients being considered for corneal cross-linking. As well as defining the items to be collected, the dataset also describes the format for each item. The data set can be used as a basis for clinical care, outcome analysis, clinical audit, revalidation, and research. Common use of the data set will ensure that information collected by different clinicians, using different paper or electronic systems in different locations, is easily transferable, and can therefore form the basis of large, anonymised databases for audit and outcomes research.

This data set applies only to patients with corneal ectasia who may be suitable for corneal collagen cross-linking. In this context, corneal ectasia encompasses keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration and post-excimer ectasia.


The Corneal Cross-Linking Data Set is intended as a public resource available to all. Maintenance of the content through regular review will be by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. The data set working group of the College Informatics and Audit Sub-committee is able to undertake this regular review work which should be linked to relevant College Guideline reviews.

Suppliers and end users will be able to contact The Royal College of Ophthalmologists whose Informatics and Audit Sub-committee will be responsible for receiving, logging and risk assessing requests for change. Lower risk requests will be considered at the next scheduled review as part of the expert review process. High risk requests (where patient safety is at issue) will be acted upon without delay through chairman’s action.

The Sub-committee chair (personally or by delegation) will be responsible for ensuring that any reported high risk issues are considered and acted upon promptly without awaiting a scheduled review. Where the expert group considers that change is necessary a change notice will be initiated as usual according to established practice.

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