Who We Are

The National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) is an outreach program of Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC-Irvine. We are dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of keratoconus (KC), and aim to provide resources to individuals with KC. We unfortunately do not provide financial assistance. Please browse our website to find out more about KC.

World KC Day is November 10th

On November 10th we celebrate World KC Day, a national awareness day sponsored by the National Keratoconus Foundation. This day is dedicated to raise awareness about keratoconus (KC), as well as to support and advocate for those living with KC. Learn how you can Spread the Word through our Toolkit and Photo Contest.

Click HERE to learn more about World KC Day

Watch Our Latest Webinar!

“Keratoconus in Children”

January 10, 2023 / 5pm PSt

with Dr. Kathryn Hatch MD

 Dr. Kathryn Hatch, MD, will present an overview of pediatric keratoconus. She will discuss treatment considerations for children and teenagers diagnosed with keratoconus.
Dr. Hatch completed her ophthalmology residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear, & Throat Hospital / New York University and holds the position of Director of Refractive Surgery and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hatch has been engaged in studies involving crosslinking (CXL) for treatment of keratoconus since her cornea fellowship at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary (MEEI). She has extensive experience performing CXL on pediatric and special needs patients.
This webinar is moderated by Dr. Gloria Chiu, OD, of the USC Roski Eye Institute.
To register, click HERE.

COVID-19 and Corrective Lens Wear

Since the recent declaration of the pandemic of COVID-19 by the World Health Organization, many false rumors and inaccurate suggestions have arisen regarding corrective lens wear. Click to read statements by contact lens experts about corrective lens recommendations as they relate to COVID-19. Watch a recording of our webinar “What You Should Know: KC & COVID-19” hosted by NKCF with guest speakers Dr. Stephanie Woo, OD and Dr. Joseph Ciolino, MD.

Quick Resources

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NKCF is the world’s premier organization offering information about keratoconus.  Click here to learn more about resources available to you – either in print or on-line – including Living with Keratoconus, What is KC?, Corneal Transplant Surgery, and our regular e-newsletter.

You are not alone. The NKCF is here to provide support and information about KC, including a registry of eyecare professionals in the U.S. who have a special interest and expertise in the management of keratoconus. Click here to find a KC expert near you.

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Be a part of the KC community

Your story may inspire or reassure someone new to the KC community. Whether you were diagnosed last week or thirty years ago, you have insights about life with KC that are meaningful to others. Join our private message board, KC-Link to ask and answer questions.

News

What’s New?

Catch up on all the latest going on with KC research, breakthroughs, NKCF newsletters, and more.

Keratoconus: A Roadmap to Treatment [October 8, 2019 Webinar]

Please enjoy this recording of our webinar: “Keratoconus: A Roadmap to Treatment”

This webinar was led by our moderator, Dr. Jason Marsack, who discussed with Dr. Maria Walker and Dr. Matt Kauffman from the University of Houston, College of Optometry, where they shared their insight to what the newly diagnosed KC patient can expect.

This webinar was live on October 8, 2019. More webinars to follow.

Life With KC

Scleral Lenses Popular Among KC Community

For more than 50 years, if you asked someone with keratoconus about their contact lenses, chances […]

A Case of Unilateral Keratoconus?

Cornea specialists published a consensus paper on the diagnosis of keratoconus in 2015 that included three […]

Webinar Rewind: A New Drug to Treat KC Investigated

Over 1,000 individuals tuned in to the July Evening Webinar or watched a recording of the […]

About Us

The National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) is an outreach program of The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, UC Irvine.

The NKCF is dedicated to increasing the awareness and understanding of keratoconus and the support of scientific research into the cause and treatment of keratoconus.

What is Keratoconus?

Scleral Lenses Popular Among KC Community

For more than 50 years, if you asked someone with keratoconus about their contact lenses, chances […]

A Case of Unilateral Keratoconus?

Cornea specialists published a consensus paper on the diagnosis of keratoconus in 2015 that included three […]

Webinar Rewind: A New Drug to Treat KC Investigated

Over 1,000 individuals tuned in to the July Evening Webinar or watched a recording of the […]

Keratoconus in Africa

NKCF hears from patients who sometimes have trouble finding contact lens solution: imagine that inconvenience on […]

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